Chichester College lecturer makes visors for NHS staff

Rik jumped to action - and between looking after his two children and teaching his students remotely - he put the 3D printers to good use.

He has put together more than 50 visors, which have already been donated to four doctors’ surgeries in the Midhurst, Petworth, Loxwood and Pulborough areas - near to Brinsbury College, another of the Chichester College Group's campuses.

 Rik said: "My wife is a GP and I knew that GPs  - both at her practice and others locally - have very limited PPE. I had taken home two 3D printers when the college campus closed, with the intention of being able to support students by printing their projects, so I just thought I'd give it a go and that's how it started.

"I've been running 3D prints 24 hour a day, refining the pieces, and then spent the weekend putting the visors together. We delivered around 50 to four local practices this week. The first batch was really well received, and I'm hoping to keep producing more for our local NHS services.

"It's been a labour of love for me really, I just wanted to do what I could to help at this time - while also balancing that with my family and with supporting my students."

Rik has now teamed up with a colleague to explore how they can help to reach more people, and are looking to join forces with volunteer group 3DCrowd UK. Other members of the college's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) department have also been giving up their time to produce PPE equipment, with one busily making scrubs for NHS workers to wear.

Shelagh Legrave, Chief Executive Officer at the Chichester College Group, added: "I am extremely proud of Rik and his colleagues in our STEM department. They have shown great determination and dedication to helping to support our fantastic NHS staff in West Sussex.

"Never has it been more important to support this vital service, as it works hard to battle the Coronavirus pandemic. It is times like this that we must come together to support them as best we can, while they are on the frontline."