When the British Government announced the countries lockdown on the 23rd March, Swift Dental Group closed its doors and our production of medical devices ceased. Our 3D Nexus printers ceased printing and all our staff were furloughed across all 6 sites.
Anthony Wilkinson, our CADCAM Manager, began working on ideas to utilise our 3D printers and quickly came up with the full-face PPE visors.
After a text message was sent out to all HQ staff to volunteer their time to help in the production of visors, the response was astonishing, all the team at Swift Dental Group wanted to help in any way they could to say thank you to our phenomenal NHS frontline staff and key workers.
By the second week of production over 1,000 visors had been produced and distributed all over the UK to a variety of health care and hospital settings.
So far, we have donated visors to St Bart’s Hospital (London), Royal Albert Edward Infirmary (Wigan Hospital), Whiston Hospital (St Helens), Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals, St John’s Ambulance Service, Police forces, Blackburn Hospital, Care in the Community, Nursing/Care Homes, Salford Royal, Community Trusts and The Greyhound Hotel in Leigh – where dozens and dozens of NHS frontline staff are living and sleeping whilst this pandemic is in effect, as sadly they can’t go home to their loved ones right now.
After a social media campaign and by word of mouth, the news spread quickly and soon, we were inundated with requests for PPE face visors; averaging 200+ requests every day and this number is increasing!
We have the manufacturing capabilities, manpower and logistics to make a real difference here, and more than anything we just want to make a real difference.
We decided to set ourselves a target of an additional 100,000 visors, however, in order to reach our target we needed to find a solution to fund the project. With no production and income coming into the business we have had to get creative, hence why we have decided to set up a ‘GoFundMe‘ page.
Our hope is that by raising this awareness we will be able to provide PPE visors to the many NHS and key workers who are struggling to protect themselves. By doing this we hope we encourage other businesses to find alternative ways to support their communities during this lockdown period, and hopefully spread the word even further that we are able to provide FREE PPE visors!
So, we are asking everyone to donate whatever you can, no matter how much it is, as every single penny will bring us closer to hitting our goal. We know that these are trying times right now, but every little really does help, and together we can do it.
Let’s get this out there, show our appreciation and make a HUGE difference to the phenomenal frontline workers who are battling COVID19 and are risking their lives every single day, with this in mind we have created this ‘GoFundMe’ page at the following link: www.gofundme.com/f/protect-our-nhs-frontline-staff-with-ppe-visors
If we receive any excess funds, we will then donate these to local charities.
If you are an NHS or key worker and need FREE PPE visors, please email us at email@example.com or message us on any of our social media channels.
Thank you and stay safe,
Swift Dental Group x