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13 May 2020

Careers Hub school donates PPE to NHS

A North Derbyshire Careers Hub school based in Chesterfield has donated some of its science equipment to the NHS and PPE to a local care home.

Outwood Academy Newbold has donated 300 pairs of goggles from its science labs, and plastic gowns, to Chesterfield Royal Hospital to help the Hospital during the current coronavirus outbreak.

Students and staff at the academy have also been busy making PPE visors at the Highfield Lane-based academy which have been distributed for local use.

The visor has been made using laminator pouches for the visor and plastic sheeting, cut with the laser cutter at the academy, for the adjustable straps.

The PPE visor has since been donated to Elm Lodge Care home in Chesterfield.

The Principal of the academy, which is rated Good by Ofsted, has said the academy wanted to stand up and do their bit during this national crisis to help the NHS and local care homes.

Steve Roberts said: “We are in the midst of a national crisis and it is time that we believe we all need to come together to support each other to help the country get through this situation. This is why we decided to take action to do what we can to help our NHS."

“Obviously we aren’t equipped with the medical equipment that can be of use to the NHS, but as a school, we do have science labs and as such we have plenty of goggles which are of use so we decided to donate them."

“We will continue to make more visors like this and have offered it out to other care homes in the local area.”

North Derbyshire Careers Hub

Outwood Newbold is part of the North Derbyshire Careers Hub, a network of 21 schools and colleges working together to transform careers education for young people across the region.

Led by D2N2 with £80,000 in financial support from the Careers & Enterprise Company; the Careers Hub works collaboratively with universities, training providers, employers, Enterprise Advisers, and careers professionals alongside lead school Shirebrook Academy to deliver the Gatsby Benchmarks and improve careers outcomes for young people.

In addition, the Hub also offers a central fund for employer engagement activities and training for a ‘Careers Leader’ in each school.

D2N2 Careers Hub Lead, Daniel Heffernan said: “We are delighted that the students are using this time to both increase their employability skills whilst supporting our fantastic NHS.”