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Surrey school makes face shields, scrubs, and hats for frontline workers

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Surrey school makes face shields, scrubs, and hats for frontline workers

Published by Grace Mcgachy at 6:00am 15th April 2020. (Updated at 6:18am 15th April 2020)

A Surrey school is bringing together volunteers to help protect NHS staff by making personal protective gear (PPE).  

Frensham Heights School has so far made over 300 visors,  220 washing bags for scrubs and uniforms, 40 scrub hats and 15 sets of completed scrubs. 

They have been given out to the Royal Surrey Hospital, Frimley Hospital, Farnham Hospital,  as well as care homes and GP surgeries.

The school is co-ordinating over 100 volunteers who are busy sewing and making PPE and are also making use of their on design and technology department at their site on Frensham Heights Road, Farnham. 

Headteacher Rick Clarke says people may not have spare money to donate but they can donate their time: 

"It's all about trying to promote opportunities for people to volunteer to help and all do our bit to fight the coronavirus.

"For example on our website, there are sewing patterns for scrubs or scrub bags.

"If you don't have the extra money but you have some extra material around at home then do that." 

One student has a 3D printer at home so he has been printing PPE to donate to local frontline workers, while Elphicks Department Store in Farnham has volunteered to donate more fabric. 

Paediatric staff at Frimley Hospital with scrubs bags Frensham Heights School
Paediatric staff at Frimley Hospital with scrubs bags


Mr Clarke says the response from the community so far has been amazing:

"We're just overwhelmed by the response from people. 

"We're delighted that everyone is keen to get involved. 

"We're a school and we'll do what we can, we have a limited capacity but what we're keen to do is provide opportunities for people in the local community and become a hub 

If you are not able to sew you can donate material or cut out the fabric instead. 

A&E nurses at the Royal Surrey County Hospital holding scrubs bags
A&E nurses at the Royal Surrey County Hospital holding scrubs bags


Items Frensham Heights urgently need:

Fabric for scrubs:

  • Must be at least 65% cotton and 135 or thereabouts gsm.
  • Ideally plain and in shades of blue but others are being accepted

For scrub bags:

  • Polycotton suitable for 60-degree wash.
  • Old duvet covers and pillowcases could be perfect.
  • Any colour or pattern
  • Drawstring cord, cotton tape or ribbon (all washable and must not run)
  • White cotton thread

For visors:

  • Acetate sheets of 180 microns or more – ideally A4

You can support Frensham Heights School or request PPE from them by going to their website.