Morecambe school in PPE drive for key workers during coronavirus pandemic

Staff and pupils at Bay Leadership Academy in Morecambe have supplied hundreds of pieces of vital PPE to essential key workers as part of the Star Academies Coronavirus Appeal.

Friday, 15th May 2020, 7:00 am
Collette Roberts, principal at Bay Leadership Academy, joins in the work.

The team, who are operating out of the Star Family Hub based at the school, have been working tirelessly to design and create face shields and face masks for the whole community.

Pupils and staff at the school have provided face masks, face shields, aprons, gloves and safety glasses, with many of the face masks made by hand, for health workers, carers and public transport workers and recently delivered 150 face masks to residents in the local area.

In total, the school has supplied more than 500 items of PPE to the Bay Medical Group in Heysham, Kirby Lonsdale Coaches, Hillcroft nursing and residential homes in Caton and Morecambe, John Kay Court in Lancaster and local residents who live near to the school.

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A Bay Leadership Academy pupil helps with the PPE.

The school is also helping to organise food parcels for vulnerable people in the local community and has been appointed as a direct agent for Lancashire County Council foodbank. The hub has also set up a hygiene store and is delivering items to enable people in need.

Collette Roberts, principal at Bay Leadership Academy, said: “We have all been working exceptionally hard to help support our community during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We realised early on that a lack of PPE was a likely to be a major problem for health workers, carers and other key workers in our community.

“We therefore decided to get our sewing machines out and take positive steps to help people in our local area.

A Bay Leadership Academy pupil helps with the PPE.

“We are so very proud to be able to do our bit and help our fantastic key workers who are doing so much to support our community.

“We now hope to expand our production to make face masks for taxi drivers and others in the local community.”

The coronavirus fundraising appeal is just one of several initiatives that has been launched by Star Academies and its schools to help those facing difficulties in our local communities and to support parents and carers throughout the country.

A home learning helpline, StarLine, has been launched to help give practical education advice to parents and carers and a YouTube broadcast StarLive is broadcast weekly to help parents as they educate their children at home.

Local residents wear face masks made by Bay Leadership Academy pupils.

For more information about Star Academies’ appeal and the charity pledges it has made to its pupils, parents, staff and school communities, go online hereTo help make a difference to local people who are in desperate need with a donation to the coronavirus charity appeal, go online hereTo find out how they can support you, visit the Star coronavirus appeal website or contact your local Star Family Hub.