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The Thetford Academy launches project to create 1,000 pieces of PPE for town’s care homes

Published on 07/05/20

A team from The Thetford Academy is creating 1,000 pieces of PPE for two Thetford care homes. They launched the project after seeing that care homes locally were struggling to purchase PPE during the Covid-19 crisis.

The team – led by Ricardo Arbelaez, our Head of Technology – have been using 3D printers and laser cutters to make visors. After two weeks of work, we have now started delivering them to Ford Place and other care homes in Thetford.

Ricardo Arbelaez, Head of Technology, said: “We heard about the shortage of PPE and the implications for vulnerable people in care homes and their staff - and we thought we could use our technology to help. We're proud, as key workers ourselves, that we can help to support others in our community."

Dan Carter, Principal, said: "I'm proud our team is stepping up to provide PPE for those on the front line. They have been working incredibly hard to help provide protection for some of the most vulnerable in our community."


The team involved includes:

  • Laurentina Pinheiro, Technology Technician
  • Ethan Keen, Sixth Form Student
  • Anja Bergner, Senior Learning Support Assistant
  • Jackie Browne, School Librarian
  • Cathryn Fisk, Science Technician
  • Jo Milton, English Teacher
  • Abi Reeder, Art Technician
  • Lisa Worsnop, Curriculum Leader of Science (and her son, Sam Worsnop)
  • Sam Field, Sixth Form Administrator
  • Holly Rednall, Learning Support Assistant
  • Luke Byford, Site Manager
  • Augusto Alves, IT Technician
  • James Cartlidge. IT Technician