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STAFF in the police control centre have been provided with PPE thanks to a Lincoln school.

  • Last Updated: 24-04-2020 at 16:04

STAFF in the police control centre have been provided with personal protection equipment thanks to a Lincoln school.

The Nettleham police HQ call centre were provided with 200 face visors by Sir Robert Pattinson Academy after a plea for help from the police and crime commissioner.

PCC Marc Jones contacted the school after reading about the hundreds of visors the staff have provided for the city’s hospital and GP surgeries.

The Lincolnshire Police control centre employs 165 staff and the operations set-up makes it difficult to enforce the full social distancing measures at all times.

Mr Jones said it was vital that call handling staff felt protected while they carry out the vital work of handling calls to 999 and 101 – and the visors would be crucial in keeping staff safe.

“The support being offered to all the emergency services and health staff from the school is absolutely wonderful,” he said.

“I want to thank the head and the technology department for their selfless dedication to helping those on the front line. It really will make a huge difference in allowing them to continue their work safely.”

ACC Kerrin Wilson said: “We are so grateful to the school for providing us with this equipment, it really makes a difference to our staff in the FCR who are continuing to provide a critical function to our communities. It’s hard to express how much we appreciate the support other than to say a huge thank you – it really does help us continue to not only work safely but also to feel safe at work.”

The Hykeham school’s design and technology has now made more than 2,000 visors for Lincoln hospital, GP surgeries and care home staff.

The work began when head teacher Dale Hardy spoke to friends and neighbours who worked in the hospital and who told him supplies of personal protection equipment were needed.

The school set up a gofundme page to raise cash to pay for materials, but the response was so overwhelming it has paused further donations for now. The page had raised £1,270 in just two days with pledges ranging from £50 to £5.

Mr Hardy said he was delighted the school’s ethos of playing a positive role in the community was proving so important during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The front-line staff of all the services playing a key role in keeping us safe deserve enormous credit for the way they are putting themselves at risk to help others.

“If we can do anything to support those efforts then I am determined we will carry out that work until we are no longer needed.”

The school’s head of DT and Art Dave Palethorpe and colleague Liz Watson have made the visors and their work continues.