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Head of Design & Technology & family at Rendcomb College uses laser cutter to create facial shields to help local NHS keyworkers

Mr Marc Silverthorn, Head of Design & Technology and Houseparent of the 6th Form boarding house, Park House at Rendcomb College, has been busy with his family this Easter holiday, using the laser cutter in the DT classroom to make facial shields for local NHS keyworkers.

Mr Silverthorn’s two young daughters have been helping their father with the production of the facial shields, they are currently in Reception and Year 2 at the College. Some facial shields were taken by Jill Church, a Sister from the Medical Centre at Rendcomb College to the Abingdon District Nursing Unit, as they only had 20 masks shared between 60 nurses. Caroline Collett, another Sister at the College took some to the Sue Ryder Hospice in Leckhampton, Cheltenham. Hannah Silverthorn, Marc’s wife has taken 30 to the Cheltenham Radiotherapy Unit and other facial shields that they have made have gone to the Cheltenham ENT Department as well as Yorkleigh GP surgery in Cheltenham . A doctor in the Accident & Emergency Department at Hereford Hospital, who is a parent of a pupil at Rendcomb College Junior School has also been given some.

Mr Silverthorn said: ”I was lucky that I had the materials needed already in the DT department, together with the right equipment (laser cutter) and the time to do it, as it is currently the school Easter holidays. I am just so pleased that my family and Rendcomb College have been able to play a part in keeping our local NHS keyworkers stay a little bit safer during the Coronavirus pandemic.”