Staff at Keswick’s Mary Hewetson Hospital and Castlehead Medical Centre have thanked the town’s Rotary Club for providing 50 face shields between the two health facilities.
Keswick Rotary Club decided to help out local NHS workers and carers by buying the supply of completed face shields from entrepreneur Niall Mitchell from the manufacturer SkunkWorks Engineering, the engineering department at Energy Coast University Technical College and the DT department at Richard Rose Morton Academy.
Niall has been working with Paul Thorburn of Tech4 Office Equipment Ltd on the online Go Fund Me initiative called Help Keep Our NHS Staff Safe to produce thousands of vital face masks for NHS workers and carers.
Keswick Rotary contacted Niall after reading on the Keswick Reminder website that its publisher – McKanes Printers – was among the firms supporting the Cumbrian campaign by providing A4-size clear plastic binding covers along with clear acetate film, which are also in short supply, to be used in the visors on the masks.
On behalf of the staff at Keswick Hospital, Gayle Brooks, who works there, said: “Received (the face shields) with thanks! Please pass on to the Rotary members our gratitude. We have split them between the urgent treatment centre, district nurses, rehab, ward and cleaning teams. Many thanks once again.”