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Frontline staff continues to receive regular PPE donations from selfless staff and students at Sir John Thursby Community College

Following an appeal by the local NHS to businesses to donate unwanted Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), staff and students from Sir John Thursby Community College in Burnley have delivered a total of 180 visors for NHS health and care staff. They are aiming to provide these on a weekly basis to frontline staff in Pennine Lancashire.

NHS East Lancashire and NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are hopeful that this generous donation will encourage other businesses to follow in their footsteps and donate more unused or unwanted PPE where possible.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is specialised clothing or equipment worn by employees for protection against health and safety hazards. PPE such as surgical gloves, protective aprons and surgical masks and visors are now needed more than ever by health workers and first responders needing to protect themselves and patients during this Covid-19 pandemic.

All visors are given free of charge to local hospitals, hospices, surgeries and care homes. The endless hard work which has been put into the making of these visors has all been voluntary and paid for by the college and donations. The staff and students now face an issue of sourcing more raw materials which are needed to make the visors as the demand for PPE has not stopped.

Any donations of raw materials are hugely welcomed from local businesses. To donate unused materials please contact Sir John Thursby's Head of design technology, Louane Frances on 07568521504.

Alex Walker, Director of Performance and Delivery at the two CCGs, said:

“We are incredibly thankful to the staff at Sir John Thursby Community College for generously donating their time and resources in the provision of these visors. These are challenging times and the NHS, health and care staff across Pennine Lancashire need an inordinate amount of PPE so any other donations are welcome and well received. I would like to say a big Thank you to those businesses and organisations like Sir John Thursby Community College for their ongoing generosity and support.”

Pennine Lancashire businesses who are able to help us in any way - or know of any organisations who can -please drop us an email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01282 644623.