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 said: “It was a no-brainer. Only an hour west of London, we had three free minibuses, and three willing drivers. Having heard about the PPE shortage, we knew how important it was to volunteer.”

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.

Andrew said: “The biggest challenge was trying to find the relevant person to deliver the packages to. Most of our contacts were self-isolating at home, and many of the civic buildings refused to answer the door at reception.”

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.

Loderick said: “I remain ready to help my country and my countrymen, fighting this biological warfare.”

Grateful for the teachers’ support,

Laura said: “Genuinely awesome! Thanks so much, guys.”