When the Covid-19 lockdown started, PVL kept most of the team working to support the emergency service fleets, but also recognised that we had spare cutting capacity on our manufacturing equipment due to paused projects.
The shortage of PPE was hard to miss, it was everywhere on the news; so our CEO, Nick Broom, set about contacting his network to see if anyone could utilise our capacity to help.
Response to a post on LinkedIn came from a social enterprise group in Surrey who had set up to fundraise and produce 3D printed headbands but were struggling to get visors.
After a few phone calls and with data exchanged, the PVL Team got into full-scale production and delivered over 5000 visors within the first few days and have completed the first 15000 units with material and labour free of charge.
The completed visors have been donated to NHS hospitals first; Royal Surrey, East Surrey, Great Ormond Street, St George’s and Royal London to name a few. 5000 have gone to Sussex hospitals so far and next steps will be to offer them to care homes and surgeries.