At Carr Manor Community School we teamed up with Cutting Edge, Leeds, a company who were asked to produce 900,000 visors for use in hospitals and healthcare facilities in Leeds and beyond.
We immediately opened our Sports Hall and school Theatre as venues to host a 'socially distanced production line' to aid with the production of these visors. Members of our school staff, families of our pupils and the local community all came together to produce the vitally needed PPE. We also had many members of staff and some of the community who took delivery of materials to produce the visors at home.
The impact that our production line was having and the volume of visors we were creating was recognised by Councillor Jonathan Pryor, who visited us at Carr Manor during one of the production days.
He said “Seeing first-hand the community spirit and dedication these volunteers are showing is genuinely inspiring and a wonderful example of how the city as a whole has pulled together to support our incredible NHS staff, health workers and each other. I’d like to offer my heartfelt thanks to all of those who have given up their time to make a difference and to the school and its staff for going the extra mile to provide a safe and welcoming venue.”
We are so proud to be able to say that as a school we made over 86,000 visors, which is a testament to the extraordinary work from every single volunteer. This couldn't have happened without our fantastic staff working not only to create the visors, but also ensuring the surroundings were safe to do so, as well as the support from the local community and those creating visors at home.
Our Executive Principal, Simon Flowers, said "As is often said it is moments like these when you see the best of people.”
Unfortunately the visor production had to close on 19th May due to lack of available materials. However, the community spirit and fantastic sense of achievement that came from this time is still living strong.
We were thrilled to see the visors being used in local hospitals and we know how important this equipment was and still is, to frontline workers.
You can read more about our visor production on the following links: