News | Rhys Williams | Published: 16:10, Monday April 6th, 2020.
Last updated: 16:10, Monday April 6th, 2020
The science department at St Martin’s Comprehensive School in Caerphilly has donated its lab goggles to NHS workers on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.
Staff nurse Jo Edwards said she emailed the school to see if the science department would be happy to donate the goggles.
Ms Edwards said: “Myself and fellow nurses, healthcare workers and doctors at University Hospital of Wales were just feeling more and more concerned about the shortage of just even the basic protection.
“What a wonderful result that the school replied. I was able to collect them and deliver them to my ward.
“We are all thrilled and so very, very grateful.”
She added: “I’m on an acute surgical ward with many wonderful staff nurses, healthcare workers, doctors, housekeeping cleaners and caterers, all of which are doing above and beyond their roles to help in this simply overwhelming time.
“I am just very humbled and proud to be part of the amazing NHS.”
Mike Castle, head of science at the school, said: “We’ve had a few parents asking about us donating equipment, so we spoke to the Heath Hospital and have been able to donate 200 sets.
“The NHS is obviously in desperate need and we won’t be using the goggles for a few weeks, so it’s nice to be able to help them out.”
Mr Castle said the school will order new goggles ready for when schools are reopened.
He also said the school is looking to donate safety screens to local surgeries.
Mr Castle said: “The things we take for granted, the NHS are crying out for.”
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