HUGE thanks are going out to a team from King Henry VIII School in Coventry – who spent the Easter bank holiday weekend making hundreds of face visors for local care staff.

A team of four teachers from the design & technology department have now made around 7,000 visors to support the health and social care sectors amid the Covid-19 crisis.

They are volunteering their time to do their bit using a template and donated materials to make as many visors as possible to fill the gap in stock and demand.

Amongst those to benefit are Heart of England Mencap, working across South Warwickshire and Worcestershire to support local people with learning disabilities.

King Henry VIII made 120 visors for HofE Mencap over the Easter weekend, which are now being distributed to care staff across the charity’s services in Stratford, Warwick, Leamington, Shipston, Studley, Southam, Evesham and Malvern.

Helena Wallis, Chief Executive, said: “We’re so grateful to the team at King Henry VIII for volunteering their time to do something which really makes a huge difference to care organisations like ours. Our staff are out there continuing to provide critical care in our community – and we are committed to supporting our care heroes and doing everything we can to keep them safe.”

The King Henry VIII team are working with schools across the country to support other design and technology teams doing the same emergency PPE production and signpost care organisations in need. They have also been given a big boost by two local companies – Frederick Cooper of Birmingham are assisting with laser cutting, while Amtico of Coventry are producing components and have a dedicated warehouse space where they are helping with assembly.

Design and technology teacher Rob Phillips said: “It’s just our way of doing something to help.”