It started with an email from Governor Catherine Polli connecting the Master with an anaesthetist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and now, less than two weeks later, the Dulwich DT team are, with our 3D printers, producing over 50 full-face visors every day for health workers across south London. Our production should increase further with the addition of five 3D printers supplied to us from JAGS.
Moreover we have distributed over 650 pre-existing forms of eye-protection from the Science and DT departments, supplying 12 local surgeries, two hospitals and a care home.
This has been a truly interdisciplinary effort with support from our site officers collecting the hundreds of goggles and masks from across the closed College campus, and the Master leading the distribution of the PPE (personal protective equipment) to many and various local locations, including the Maudsley, and, thanks to our own Dr Rosemary Leonard’s shout out, to local GP surgeries.
Other schools and companies with 3D printers are also in production across the country, and we are sharing the source of the design with those who contact us asking for advice.
We are donating the PPE and, with the help of the Friends of Dulwich College, we will fundraise to replace all the existing stock and cover the manufacturing costs of making the visor.
The initiative has been picked up and reported widely by the media; coverage includes a mention on Good Morning Britain (do watch the clip), Southwark News, BBC Radio 5Live (do listen to the interview) and on Tuesday evening a BBC London News crew came to the workshop to film the production process and talk to the team.
PPE assembly at Dulwich College comprises the DT team of Mr Humphrey, Mr Roberts and Mr Inchley, with pupils Sam and Zubayr, are now producing 150+ full face visors every day.