Banbury school makes protective visors for front-line workers in area

A Banbury school has given its support to front-line care workers by making nearly 100 visors for protection against the coronavirus.

Staff at the Futures Institute, the sister school of Wykham Park Academy, made the decision to step forward and assist after being sent a plea for help by a member of staff at Agnes Court Care House in Banbury.

Head of Engineering and Construction, Lyndon Jeremiah said shortly after the email from the care home arrived last Thursday he got to work with Ralph Jones an engineering technician at the school.

Around 75 visors were made and delivered to the care home. A handful of visors have also been dropped off at Beech Haven care home in Chipping Norton.

Ralph Jones an engineering technician at the Futures Institute, the sister school of Wykham Park Academy

The duo were able to use polypropylene material already in stock at the school to make the visors.

With the school shut for all children, bar those of key workers or classed as vulnerable, Mr Jeremiah is pleased the sheets of plastic, which have gone unused since lockdown of schools, have helped to save lives.

He said: ‘’We spent time working on a prototype and adapted our software. Once that was done we were away.

"It feels really good to be able to help, and it’s great that we didn’t have to order material as we could use what we already had in stock.

Head of Engineering andConstruction, Lyndon Jeremiah, at the Futures Institute, the sister school of Wykham Park Academy

‘’Being able to make a positive difference to people at this time is great, and it was a team effort.’’

Yin-Chien Yeap, founder of Playko: The Play Kompany, which is based at Futures Institute in Banbury, used a 3D printer to also create a handful of visors that have been handed to Agnes Court.

Julia Ingham, vice principal at the academy, said: ‘‘We were delighted to be approached by one of our local are homes, Agnes Court, to support them by providing visors at this time of crisis.

‘’We pride ourselves on being a school at the heart of the community and their willingness to approach us was a clear indication of this.

"We are all in this together and we are delighted to be able to help in whatever way we can.’’

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