The crowdfunding campaign has been co-ordinated by the Development and Alumni Relations Office of the University of Hull.
Support from alumni, staff, students and friends of the University has been crucial to secure the supply of materials that has made the production of these face shields possible. To support this campaign, please visit our fundraising page.
Partners in this project include Advanced Plastics, WHW Plastics and the University’s Aura Innovation Centre, Hull University Business School, as well as school and colleges.
Rob Anderson, Managing Director of Advanced Plastics Limited, said: “We have been proud to work with the University of Hull during the rapid six-day development stage of the face shield visor.
“We have now quickly progressed into serial production and are starting to see real volume coming through – making a significant contribution to the battle against the COVID-19 virus in record time.
“This experience has brought a focus onto this market sector and we hope that future collaborations with the University will lead to development of significant additional products being manufactured in the UK.”
Dr Fiona Walkley, a marketing lecturer at Hull University Business School, is leveraging support for the project at national and regional level.
Dr Walkley said: “Hull University Business School has been liaising with local NHS, social care organisations and charities to get the face shields the University of Hull has donated into the hands of the frontline workers where they are needed.
“So, continuing this momentum, we are now working with sixth formers in local schools and colleges to reach the frontline carers in as many communities as possible in our region.”
Students at 20 schools from Grimsby to Whitby are helping to distribute 20,000 face shields to frontline workers in their communities.
The students have been asked to identify local organisations with frontline staff who need face shields and are using online tools to meet and work as a team to collate the information and find an adult volunteer to support distribution.
The University's team wanted to ensure this protection was reaching communities in our region. By extending the collaboration out to work closely in partnership with the schools, this gives the sixth form students the chance to lead on the project and enjoy the sense of giving back to their community.