13 May 2020

Forging ahead in the face of adversity

Over £18,000 raised.
Over 5,000 face shields provided.
150 front-line healthcare organisations protected.

3D printed faceshields for NHS workers

A little over a month ago, Dr Pete Mylon and his team at the iForge answered the national call to manufacture protective face shields for frontline healthcare workers. Bringing together a multidisciplinary team of engineers, they have worked tirelessly making up to 500 face shields a day, and have been able to distribute more than 5,000 shields to nurses, doctors, pharmacists, health care professionals, care home staff, paramedics and social care workers across our region.

It has been a privilege to be involved in supporting frontline workers across Sheffield and the surrounding area who are putting their lives on the line. The generous donations through our Just Giving page have enabled us to keep supplying them with PPE, and everyone who has donated can feel proud to have been a part of this effort!"

Dr Pete Mylon

University teacher and Academic Lead for the iForge

To donate, please visit their Just Giving pageEach shield is priceless to the recipients. Here are just some of the tweets and messages of thanks that have been flooding in:

Face shields being used by staff in local healthcare organisations

On behalf of all our practice staff we would like to send our huge thanks to you and your team for the kind generosity in providing us with essential face masks."

Thanks for your support we continue to be humbled by the generosity of organisations and individuals to support the NHS.”

Massive thank you to the engineers at Sheffield University who have just delivered a supply of face visors to our GP surgery.

A collection of some of the face shields produced by the iForge

The success of the initiative is set to continue - the team has received requests for a further 4,000 face shields and is working on other areas of PPE demand. One hundred and fifty organisations have approached the team, which shows that the demand remains just as urgent as ever. And the team needs to raise £6,500 for additional materials so they can fulfil these orders. The frontline staff benefiting from these face shields have not only received protection from the spread of coronavirus but peace of mind. During the midst of a global emergency, that can be just as valuable.

To donate, please visit their Just Giving pageFollow along on Twitter for all the latest updates: @SheffUniEng and @iForger_Pete 

If you are a frontline medic or social care worker with a need for this protection, or if you can help with materials or logistics, please tell us on our website.