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Coronavirus: Company printing face masks for NHS key workers

Coronavirus: Company printing face masks for NHS key workers

Published by Harry Long at 12:36pm 1st May 2020. (Updated at 12:58pm 1st May 2020)

A company in Leeds is using 3D printers to make face masks and visors for front line NHS workers in West and North Yorkshire.  

  • For the PPEople is producing face masks and visors using 3D printers.  
  • The company, based in Leeds, is producing the masks for free.  
  • They are distributing them in Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale.  

For the PPEople wanted to help with the PPE shortage.

They are distributing between 250 and 500 of the masks per day.  They are providing them for free - only asking for a donation in return. 

The printers are located in several locations in West and North Yorkshire, including Wetherby.  

The company is run by Matt Derbyshire.

For the PPEople are printing masks and visors using 3D printers

Matt said:

 "We've probably made in the region of about 4,000, which have all been distributed.  We're currently distributing between 250 and 500 per day, depending on demand. Within the first day, we were getting a request every 20 seconds.  

"It's very rewarding to try and help these people [NHS key workers] in any way we can, give them the confidence to go to work, give them the ability to continue providing their services.  

"At the end of the day, any of us could get the virus, we might need help being cared for" 

You can request a mask and find out more on their Facebook Page.