Didcot student 3D printing PPE for the John Radcliffe

Tom Pooley's been inspired by his mum, who works as a nurse at the JR Hospital.

Tom is in Year 13 at UTC Oxfordshire and has raised over £1300 to support his printing efforts.

His face shields are already helping staff in the JR Research team and Children's Hospital, the Churchill Radiology and Churchill Resuscitation Kit, as well as a local vet!

Tom is using 3D printers at the specialist engineering and science school, based in Harwell, as well as one he has at home.

He's currently studying an Extended Diploma in engineering together with A Level computer science and core maths at UTC Oxfordshire, and decided to put his time in lockdown to good use after he was inspired by his mum.  

He said: "My mum is an NHS nurse and, having been a patient myself only a few months ago, I have a great appreciation for what NHS staff have to do.  

"Having experience with 3D printing and seeing the current challenges faced by the NHS I decided now would be an ideal time to help them by aiding in the production of face masks for COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  

"I hope by doing this I can help in the fight against COVID-19 but I'm also gaining an experience of engineering and manufacture". 

Click here to hear Tom explaining how his PPE production works.

Tom's mother Zoe, said: "The demand for PPE during the COVID-19 pandemic is overwhelming at the moment and demand is far outstripping the availability of supply.  

"Any help to produce certain items is so gratefully received and the creativity and willingness of UTC Oxfordshire to 3D print visors and support with other projects is fantastic. It demonstrates such a strong community spirit in contributing to the efforts of everybody to manage this challenge. 

"The health care professionals caring for the patients need their faces to be completely covered so that no virus particles can be inadvertently splashed on to their skin, risking infection of either themselves or other people they come into contact with, and the visors will shield them from that risk.  

"This is especially important when we are caring for children and babies who frequently cough and cry when they are ill. We appreciate the ingenuity and willingness to help very much - thank you!" 

Any money raised by Tom which is leftover, will be donated to the John Radcliffe Children's Hospital.

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