How a Chesterfield firm is helping to protect key workers during the coronavirus pandemic

A Derbyshire company has speedily made a new face guard to help protect key workers who are battling the coronavirus crisis.

Saturday, 4th April 2020, 8:46 am
Updated Tuesday, 7th April 2020, 3:07 pm

Specialised Canvas, which is based in Staveley, is used to producing a variety of products for the healthcare sector, including isolators, but it is the first time it has created face shields.

The firm’s prompt response came following a request from a care home.

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Specialised Canvas' face guards.

Despite closing its doors on March 25 following the Government’s lockdown announcement, the company had designed, prototyped and delivered the first face guards to the care home by the Friday afternoon, having only received the request on the Thursday.

Specialised Canvas plans to produce up to a 1,000 units a day – while practising social distancing and abiding by Government guidelines – and orders are already being distributed to care homes, social workers, nurses, GPs and supermarkets.

Sam Bramah, director at Specialised Canvas, said: “We’ve gone from closing our doors last week and not knowing when we might open them again to manufacturing an entirely new product into a new market in a matter of days, which really is testament to the great team we have working here.

“Thanks to our facilities, infrastructure and skilled team we are fortunate to be in a position to support the nation’s key workers in these unprecedented times and play our small part in the ongoing battle.”

Specialised Canvas' face guards.

For more information about the face guards, email [email protected] or call 01246 472 949.

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