A big THANK YOU to St Gregory’s school from everyone at the City Community Hospital. Alan Thornhill (pictured above) is the Head of Design & Technology at the St Gregory the Great Catholic School in Cowley, Oxford, and spent his Easter break making face shields for the hospital.

Jonathan Nolan, acting ward manager at the City Community Hospital.

“I saw on Facebook that other schools were starting to make face shields and since we have a laser cutter and a 3D printer, I contacted our school and got access over Easter,” he says. Next he emailed the matron Julie Beardmore who said: we’ll take as many as you can make!

“Just over 100 were given initially but we are doing more.

St Gregory the Great school is a mixed  school with 1,099 pupils.

“It’s an amazing school and we are very happy to contribute to the community,” Alan says. Fittingly the school’s motto is ‘opera in caritate’, which translates to work in charity.

Like all schools in the country, St Gregory the Great is currently closed to all but key workers’ children and teachers are having to work remotely. Alan is taking the new challenges in good humour.

“It’s interesting, not the same as face to face teaching, but we are all learning new ways of doing things.”

Matron Julie Beardmore is grateful for the school’s donation:

“On behalf of City Community hospital staff, I would like to say a heartfelt “thank you” to St Gregory’s school for the kind donation to our hospital. The face shields are brilliant, and all the staff are extremely grateful for this generous donation.”