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CCGS makes 28,832 visors for front line staff and are shortlisted for Telegraph Lockdown awards

22nd May 2020

Below is an extract from the Telegraph online article which can be viewed here

In years to come, hopefully Britain will remember that when the crisis struck, DIY helped us to get through it. Not only has doing something creative with our time kept our spiritis up, but in many communities it’s the actions of DIY heroes that have helped bring people together and even keep the virus at bay.

There were a huge amount of inspirational entries in the Best DIY Project category of our Lockdown Awards, from a policeman who built a bar in his shed between shifts in Leeds, to a mum in Glasgow who personally crafted dozens of face-masks for local careworkers.

But ultimately, our judges selected the three below as our nominees. Please vote for your favourite at the bottom of this article. The winner will be announced on 29th May.

With the school closed, members of the Design Technology Department at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School knew one thing: they weren’t just going to sit around twiddling their thumbs. After brainstorming a few ideas, they eventually decided to use some of their unused materials to make face visors for local NHS hospitals.

But what started as a little project, soon took on a life of its own. “We ended up making 28,832 in total,” explains headteacher and temporary DIY apprentice Debra Liddicoat.

The visors were put together by an army of staff, students, and parents. “It was nice to be part of a little community of people feeling like we were doing something worthwhile,” says Liddicoat. “And from my point of view, it was lovely to not have to be a headteacher and make any decisions for once. I just let them tell me what to do and I did it, it was great.”

The visors had a great response from NHS staff. Around 17,500 visors were sent to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate; staff reported that they were thrilled with the products, and said in some cases they were a better than the PPE they’d been given through official channels.

But the best part, for Liddicoat, was seeing the values that the school has instilled in its pupils come to life. “I think Year 11 felt a bit bereft in some ways,” she says of the school’s untimely closure. “Everything's gone a bit pear-shaped for them and they have nothing to work towards. We had a lot of Year 11 students working on the production line, and it helped them feel like they were doing something worthwhile. They stepped up and wanted to be part of doing something to help. Our head boy came in every single day which was just fab, bless him.”

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