Star schools donate life-saving equipment to frontline carers

Star Academies’ schools are supporting vital NHS staff and carers by donating life-saving personal protection equipment (PPE) to local hospitals, GP surgeries and care homes.

Many of the Trust’s schools have donated goggles, gloves, masks and disposable aprons to help protect nurses, doctors and carers as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Highfield Leadership Academy, Eden Boys’ School, Bolton, Eden Boys’ School, Preston, Bay Leadership Academy, The Valley Leadership Academy, Eden Girls’ School, Waltham Forest, The Olive School, Blackburn and Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School (TIBHS) have all stepped forward to contribute to the effort, with further donations planned by other Star schools.

Schools have donated sets of safety goggles, aprons and gloves to hospitals, GP surgeries and other healthcare providers to protect their staff who are working on the frontline saving lives. With a worldwide shortage of protective equipment, the schools wanted to ensure their equipment was put to good use by supporting those who need it most.

The grateful recipients include The Royal London Hospital, Blackpool Victoria Hospital, The North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (covering Greater Manchester, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Warrington and Wigan), Bay Medical Group (responsible for all GP surgeries and care services in Morecambe), Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and Royal Preston Hospital.

Inventive pupils at Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School are also looking to modern technology to help with the shortage. Pupils teamed up with local engineering students to use 3D printers to create PPE visors for healthcare workers. Production is now well underway and the much-needed equipment will be distributed to local healthcare providers soon.


Mufti Hamid Patel CBE, Chief Executive of Star Academies, said:

“We are extremely grateful to our NHS staff and carers who are risking their lives on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.


“The staff and pupils at our schools wanted to make a positive contribution to support their efforts and felt that the donation of PPE equipment would be a practical way to help frontline workers during these challenging times.


“Thousands of people in this country have already lost their lives to this virus and tragically, amongst them, are NHS and healthcare workers.


“The enormity of the challenge faced by our healthcare professionals cannot be overstated. We hope that our small contribution will help them as they continue in their heroic work.”

Star Academies’ schools are continuing to support pupils and their families during the coronavirus pandemic. Provision includes caring for children of key workers and vulnerable children through the creation of Star Community Hubs, educating pupils remotely using remote technology or by providing educational resources, and helping to support vulnerable families in need.