Scouts/families helping local NHS/Care homes and Charities in pandemic

Date: 2nd May 2020 Author: Sal Dartnell

Rudgwick Scouts – Visor Production – Update July 2020

It’s been a very busy time for the Rudgwick Visor Group – AKA the ‘A-Team’ achieving a huge, amazing, completely bonkers milestone by delivering 1400+ visors in total!

This incredible achievement happened despite one of the 3D printers going up in flames at the beginning of the week.  We couldn’t have achieved this without the donations from local individuals, families and other scout groups including St Leonards Forest and Roffey.  We’ve also had outside support and we would like to thank 3P Innovation in Warwick who donated 300 visors kits which helped achieve this amazing target.

Highlights have included the supply of 200 visors to a Covid test centre in Guildford.  We’ve also had plenty of positive feedback about the elastic on our visors as it allows adjustment for size and provides comfort.  A delivery of 40 visors to the Children’s ward at the Royal Surrey, provided the opportunity for the front line staff to talk about their PPE experiences.

They told us wearing snug fitting face masks continuously is taking a toll on the soft delicate skin behind the ears … so, this week also saw us take a foray into the production of ‘ear savers’.

 

 

Nik (also known as Santa) is responsible for the daily deliveries of components and finished visors.  Here he is at the Royal Surrey dropping off 30 ear savers!

 

 

 

 

May update

We have ended the week on a high with an email from our local MP Jeremy Quin, acknowledging the hard work and achievement of the Rudgwick Visor Group.

Once again, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers for giving (and continuing to give) their time and expertise and to all those who have donated and are helping with this incredible effort.

It is a significant achievement the group have donated more than 800 visors.  To put this into context more than 130 visors have gone to 7 local GPs and district nurses, almost 200 to 6 hospitals, over 70 to various children schools and charities, in excess of 350 to 13 care homes, over 40 to care providers and 10 to local funeral directors.  We have finally reached stage where we are ahead of the curve and have stock!  

Whilst the majority of recipients are in our local community, through word of mouth and a chance connection with a volunteer PPE courier group the visors have gone as far as Gloucestershire and Suffolk.

 

 

 

While the grown ups having been managing the production the Rudgwick Scouts have done their bit to brighten up the deliveries!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to a covering letter which accompanies the visors, each delivery includes a selection of ‘thank you’
posters, designed by the Rudgwick Scouts.  There were no restrictions on design, colour, size or format – they
just had to include ‘thank you’!  As usual the scouts delivered and special thanks to Alexander, Macy, Saskia
and Eliza.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the visors are delivered a frequent question is ‘how much?’  This entire initiative is not for profit.  In fact the group are funding a lot of the materials themselves alongside the donations from schools and other organisations (we would be stuck for acetate otherwise).  At the outset the group pledged no one would be out of pocket, and a just giving page was set-up to help fund the visor production.

If you would like to donate:  Please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/visors

Once again, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers for giving (and continuing to give) their time and expertise and to all those who have donated and are helping with this incredible effort.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will continue to support our key frontline workers and continue the production and donation of these face visors.  If you would like to get involved or donate please see the links below: If you have a 3D printer, or know someone who does; if you can help with materials, please contact: covidvisor@horshamscouts.com

Rudgwick Scouts – Visor Production – Update 17 April 2020

The production of visors continues – the printers and assemblers are working around the clock – yesterday we managed to deliver 100 visors!  In total the Rudgwick Scouts have now distributed more than 500 visors.

The list of recipients is ever growing and extending far beyond our local area.  To date we have supplied local GP surgeries, hospitals, care homes, children’s homes and charities, Sussex Search and Rescue and funeral homes.  The delight at being able to do something useful and make a small contribution in these extraordinary times is tempered by the diversity of those wanting the visors.  It is a stark reminder of the challenging times in which we live and just how lucky we are to be fit and healthy.

The thank you letters we have received from care home staff, consultants and so many recipients of the visors have truly humbled us and brought more than one tear to the eye.  It is also the reason why we continue.

Once again, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers for giving (and continuing to give) their time and expertise and to all those who have donated and are helping with this incredible effort.

We will continue to support our key frontline workers and continue the production and supply of these face visors.  If you would like to get involved or donate please see the links below:

If you have a 3D printer, or know someone who does; if you can help with materials, please contact: covidvisor@horshamscouts.com

If you would like to donate:  Please go to:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/visors

Update – 13th April

Rudgwick Scouts – Visor Production – Update 13 April 2020

It is hard to believe since the last update on 5th April (just over a week ago) the Rudgwick Scouts have increased the production of visors 6 fold; the total number of visors delivered now stands at an incredible 291!

The visors have now been supplied to a number of local GP practices including Rudgwick, Loxwood, Billingshurst and Cranleigh.  Hospitals using the visors include Frimley Park, Hillingdon, St George’s Tooting and West Sussex NHS Trust.

The group of volunteers has increased as more people have stepped forward offering the use of their 3D printers.  There are at least seven volunteers in the wider community producing the visor frames.  Between the seven their are about 11 machines – some having been running day and night, are beginning to tire as are their operators!  It’s not just the printers working hard, there are teams of acetate cutters, elastic cutters, assemblers, logistic schedulers and delivery drivers (all mindful of social distancing and essential travel).

With having more printers available the group are now able to split production and offer a lighter weight version for care homes.  To date the following have received visors:  Lantern Care and Lilliput Care in addition to care homes including: Cedar Court, Knowle Park, The Old Rectory, Kerwin Court and Warmere Court.

This has become a phenomenal Scout and community initiative.  So much so The Scout Association issued a press release and the group featured on the local BBC News page earlier in the week.

Once again, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers for giving (and continuing to give) their time and expertise and to all those who have donated and are helping with this incredible effort.

We will continue to support our key frontline workers and continue the production and supply of these face visors.  If you would like to get involved or donate please see the links below:

If you have a 3D printer, or know someone who does; if you can help with materials, please contact: covidvisor@horshamscouts.com

If you would like to donate:  Please go to:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/visors

Update – 5th April

The Rudgwick Scout Group have really embraced the plea from our local GP in residence to make protective visors for our hard working health care professionals.

An ever growing group of volunteers combining knowledge, skills and experience have worked together to source, produce, assemble and deliver safety visors to GP surgeries, hospitals, care homes and pharmacies.  We have delivered 47 to date and the list of orders is growing by the hour.  To date we have supplied visors to:

  • The Cranleigh Medical Practice and District Nurses
  • Loxwood Medical Practice
  • Rudgwick Medical Centre
  • Frimley Park Hospital
  • Lantern Care

Clearly we are mindful of social distancing and minimising outings, collections and deliveries are being combined with our daily opportunity to exercise/go out/go to work.  We are also consolidating production as much as possible to minimise the number of hands the visors pass through before they reach their end destination.

Scout groups within the District have come forward with donations of acetate (for the front of the visors) and spread the word to friends and neighbours enabling us to bring more 3D printers on board.

So far we have received donations from:

Rudgwick Scouts

Old Rudgwick Cider Society

Cranleigh School

Guildford High School

Firebird Brewery

Ist Leonards Forest

Ist Roffey Scouts

Horsham District SASU

Ian Shaw

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers for giving (and continuing to give) their time and expertise and to all those who have donated and are helping with this incredible effort.

We are keen to support our key frontline workers and continue the production and supply of these face visors.  If you would like to get involved or donate please see the links below:

If you have a 3D printer, or know someone who does; if you can help with materials, please contact covidvisor@horshamscouts.com

If you would like to donate:  Please go to:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/visors

Update 31st March

A few days ago we had a request for help from a local GP for anyone who has a 3D printer who may be able to help with protective equipment.  As well as being a GP, Debbie Donovan is a scout leader and has been part of our district for 10+ years.

Debbbie tells us “We have started to print our own personal protective equipment to boost the standard issue protection for frontline workers. These visors prevent sprays of droplets landing on your face. They are worn over the top of goggles and surgical masks.

This is the link/plan:

https://www.prusaprinters.org/prints/25857-prusa-protective-face-shield-rc3

Anyone with a 3D printer can make the frames (we are using the latest design)
Click here for more details

Clear acetate sheets have been used for the visor which are cut to shape and then fixed to the frame.

Elastic has then been used to provide an effective fit to the head.

Not many people have 3D printers, but if there are some families out there who do, they could really make a difference.

Scouts could make and donate to their local GP services or secondary care in hospitals – it might take off somewhere and a family member or work for a busines may have links to a faster way of doing it. ”

If you think you can help please read the attached details:How to get involved -making visors for GP surgeries

These Visors FAQ – from the experience of the Rudgwick Scouts team may also help.

If you cannot find an answer in the FAQ’s please email – covidvisor@horshamscouts.com

UPDATE

We have already heard from another our leaders who is starting production with his 3D printers and Debbie is coordinating need with several local GP practices about the first batch of 35 visors.

These wonderful ladies are from Rudgwick GP practice who have sent their thanks to the scouts and are putting the visors to good use. Distribution is taking place to other local Horsham area practices as a start.  ‘On behalf of the team at Rudgwick Medical Centre, I would like to say a huge thank you to Scouts group for providing us with some visors, much appreciated by us all’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update

Face masks have now been delivered to Cranleigh Medical Centre who responded with a big thank you from CMP!

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls