Elstree teachers lend their support for PPE shortage
Elstree teachers – Mr Pilkington, Mr Williams and Mr Brown – lent their support yesterday in response to a PPE (personal protective equipment) plea in the battle against Covid-19.
Director of Teacher and Learning, Mr Pilkington, spotted the cry for help from an old university friend on his Facebook feed on Friday evening.
Laura Harris from Ealing Council, was in need of volunteers with vans to deliver boxes of PPE urgently required by NHS staff in hospitals around London.
After checking with Headmaster Mr Inglis, Mr Pilkington got in touch with Laura offering use of the school minibuses with drivers.
Andrew and colleagues spent the weekend removing seats from the minibuses, and preparing the paperwork from Laura’s department – Ealing’s Commissioning Alliance.
Yesterday, they drove through the eerily quiet streets of London to the depot in Ealing. They delivered supplies to hospitals and civic centres in Barnet, Hammersmith, Hillingdon, Harrow, Brent, Kensington, and Hounslow. Each received around 37,000 aprons and 6,000 gloves/masks.
To keep themselves motivated, their motto for the day was: “If we ride together, we stop the NHS from dying together.” Tired and hungry, their last drop was made just after 6pm last night.
This was clearly a very humbling experience for the three teachers, and one never to be forgotten, perhaps even repeated.
Grateful for the teachers’ support,