The Market Weighton School creating vital visors for area’s key workers

The Market Weighton School is supporting the national effort to provide vital protective equipment for key workers.

Friday, 24th April 2020, 12:59 pm
Design and Technology teacher Mrs Oldfield models ones of the visors made at The Market Weighton School.

The school’s face visors campaign started with just one post on Facebook.

Within five hours the post had been viewed more than 200,000 times and The Market Weighton School had requests for over 1,000 visors.

The school had to take the request form down and add a holding message.

Assistant Head Mr Poulston gets ready to deliver 150 visors.

Headteacher Richard Harrison had also emailed East Riding of Yorkshire Council asking if they would want any for care homes.

It replied it would take all the school could make.

A school spokesman said: “Our design and technology teacher Mrs Oldfield had only made one at this point in time.

“The response from the community was quick with individuals offering to buy materials for the visors.

“Paul Massey ordered £115 worth of plastic sheets, 2,000 cable ties, along with double sided tape.

“Staff collected elastic bands from The Post Office while parents were dropping off cable ties and leaving donations at the reception.

“The school made 250 visors on the very first day of production.

“Around 150 were hand delivered by assistant head Mr Poulston to local key workers and the first responses from the recipients started to come in.

“People were crying when Mr Poulston delivered them – a measure of how desperate care workers and NHS staff are for personal equipment.

“The Market Weighton School started to appreciate the impact this was having on the people receiving the visors.

“One grateful recipient said that when they woke up for their next night shift they found that their request for full face visors had not only been listened to, but there were 20 of them delivered to their doorstep in less than 24 hours. We were soon back in the swing and made another 250, delivering 150 to local care homes and care in the community providers.

“The response in the community started to build with the Go Fund Me page reaching the £100 target and Deep Blue Fish and Chips, Market Weighton, giving away potatoes in return for donations.

“More requests, coming in over Facebook, email and the council have asked for another 200 visors.

“More people continue to offer their help while even more are requesting visors!

“Everyone at The Market Weighton School would like to thank all the supporters (unfortunately they are too numerous to name all of them) without whose support this project would not have been possible.”