A care home where eight residents have died after contracting coronavirus is to receive a donation of face shields from an innovative local teacher.
They are among 18 residents who have tested positive for Covid-19 at the 189-bed Bradwell Hall Nursing Home, in Bradwell.
One member of staff has also tested positive for the virus.
It has also emerged there have been 24 deaths at the nursing home in just over three weeks. The other 16 residents were never tested for the virus.
Now, teacher Lee McCue has put his school’s 3D printer into action making dozens of face shields to help protect people against coronavirus.
He set up the mini-production line in his spare time, fitting it round his teaching commitments at Madeley School. And in next to no time, several pupils and his wife and children also joined in with the efforts.
The 42-year-old, from Norton Green, came up with the idea after hearing about the shortages of personal protective equipment. As Madeley’s subject leader for design and technology, he realised he could help by using the 3D printer at work.
Lee said: “I’m taking 30 up [to Bradwell Hall]. All their staff are locked down in there. I read the story yesterday on the Sentinel coronavirus group on Facebook.
“When I read the numbers of what they’ve had to go through and all the stuff they’ve had to use, I thought we need to help them.
“We’re struggling with the computers and maxing out the 3D printers with what they can do but I just thought we’ve got to do something. The machines are working flat out.”
Owner Edward Twigge issued a statement on Wednesday following the tragedies.
He said: “We look after some of the most frail and elderly people and it is always upsetting when someone passes away. However, the last three weeks have been truly heart-breaking for everyone involved with the home.
“Our thoughts are still very much with the families of the lovely residents we have sadly lost. I would also like to say a huge thank you to our wonderful staff for their hard work and dedication during these difficult times.
“We clearly still have a difficult few days and weeks to get through and I would like to thank everyone for their continued support at this time.”
Public Health England (PHE), Staffordshire County Council and the NHS have been notified of the deaths.