Latymerians produce much-needed face shields for the NHS

 

We are hugely proud of all Latymerians fighting the spread of Covid-19, both in the UK and around the world. They are an inspiration to us all. 

On 26 March a team of remarkable Latymerians set up a production site in Latymer's DT department to produce much needed face shields for the NHS. 

George Dzavaryan (2016), his brother Alex, and Finlay White (2018) have been joined on the production line by ten fellow Latymerians. Robert Grylls (Class of 2012), Milo Keating-Aboud (Class of 2013), Lucy Beard (Class of 2015), Henry Hall (Class of 2015), Will Bond (Class of 2016), Jack Healey (Class of 2016), Emmanuel Shaul (Class of 2016), Ness Edward Sutherland-Dodd (Class of 2016), Ellie Fritz (Class of 2017) and Emile Faure (Class of 2018) have all volunteered to help in the manufacture and packaging of PPE face shields for the NHS. They have so far distributed 46,773 shields to 62 healthcare facilities around the UK - the first delivery was to a healthcare trust in North Wales where Latymerian Dr Klara Weaver (2011) currently works in A&E. 

George works for Augment Bionics, a start-up founded in 2019 by a group of students from University of Edinburgh. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, they redirected their business, which is focussed on 3D printed prosthetics, to address the PPE shortage in the UK.  

The team has been inundated with messages of thanks from NHS personnel as PPE continues to be in short supply nationwide. 

 

A doctor from Kings College Hospital A&E said: “We are incredibly grateful for the support and expertise of Augment Bionics. From all of us working on the frontline, I would like to say a massive thank you not just to Augment Bionics, but to all the generous donors that have made this possible”.

 

Thanks to the astounding generosity from across the Latymer community, we smashed an initial goal of raising funds for the production costs of 60,000 NHS face shields. George and his team of alumni will use funds raised by the school community to produce an incredible 100,000 face shields for frontline medical staff.

 

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