Chafford Hundred student produces more than 1000 face shields for frontline care staff

Josh Bateman has three 3D printers in full production
Josh Bateman has three 3D printers in full production

A THURROCK Engineering student has produced more than 1000 face shields for frontline staff, after a project he started when put on furlough grew and grew thanks to donations.

An engineering student has put his lockdown time to good use by producing face shields for his local care home.

Josh Bateman, 17, of Chafford Hundred, decided to start making a few face shields for Derham House, his Barchester care home.

The materials cost about £1.50 for each mask so mum Vicki set up a fundraising page to raise £250 for him, but Josh’s little furlough project has grown and grown.

The family are now on his home-based production line, the fundraising total has hit a staggering £4,820 as of today (Saturday 2 May), leading to Josh having three 3D printers in full production.

“We couldn’t believe it,” said Vicki. “People were so generous and then someone donated another printer and we bought a third with some of the funds. His dad is on holes and I’m on elastic on the assembly line!”

Josh has now produced more than 1000 face shields which he is delivering to hospitals in the Essex and London area.

Josh plans to donate one of the printers to his old school Harris Chafford Hundred School.

Any of the remaining money going towards supporting the NHS.

Go to the Go Fund me page here: Fundraiser by Vicky Bateman

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