Falcons Prep Richmond Pupils produce over 2,000 Visors for West London & City Hospitals in collaboration with other local schools
Pupils and parents at Falcons Prep Richmond were quick to respond to the call for more PPE and spent much of their Easter Holiday making over 2,000 visors for the London North West Trust (Ealing and Northwick Park Hospitals) and The Royal London Hospital.
A Falcons Prep parent, who is a Consultant Anaesthetist at London North West Trust Hospitals, asked her son’s Year 4 class if any pupils and parents were able to help make some visors for NHS staff on the front line. This project was eagerly taken up and word quickly spread to other year groups at the Prep and our sister school, Falcons Girls. Many parents, pupils and staff from the Falcons community contributed to these efforts and we are incredibly proud of their team spirit. The initiative was also in collaboration with Durston House and Tower House.
Olivia Buchanan, Headmistress at Falcons Prep – Richmond, said ‘Our actions today will shape the decisions our children make in the future. By coming together and working towards a common goal, we have shown them that even during times of stress and uncertainty, anything is possible when you collaborate and work as a team! I am so proud of each and everyone of my boys and can’t thank them enough for putting others before themselves.’
The visors provide specific and essential protection for Anaesthetists, ITU nurses as well as across respiratory wards supporting Covid-19 patients. The visors have been created using materials purchased online such as acetate, sewing elastic and high density foam draught excluders. The number of visors produced is increasing every day.
A Falcons Prep Year 6 parent who has been co-ordinating the making and delivery of the visors said,“ I became involved in the project after hearing about the contribution Year 4 had made as it seemed an easy way to help with the lack of PPE that was manageable by families at home; and as we had contacts in local hospitals through parents in our schools, we knew that the visors would go directly to the Covid-19 ICU teams who needed them. The generous response from parents and children has been remarkable, it has given people a sense of purpose. Their commitment to the project and their desire to support and protect our local NHS workers has touched staff across the hospitals. A real team effort from the heart of the community, it has been a direct way to show our thanks to those who are putting their lives at risk to save others.”
On behalf of everyone in the Falcons Community, we thank our NHS heroes!