Posted: Sat 2nd May 2020

Justice League actor comes to aid of Llandudno funeral director’s efforts to supply PPE

North Wales news and information
This article is old - Published: Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

An actor known for his role in a Justice League film has come to the aid of a Llandudno funeral director trying to supply PPE to those in need. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Keen astronomer Jonathen Harty from Llandudno had been making visors for front line staff on his and partner Tracey’s 3D printers when they became exasperated by the demand. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

It was then that a friend suggested getting in touch with a South Wales collective also making PPE. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

He contacted the Amman Valley Makerspace Page on Facebook and received 1,000 visors within days. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Yet on Thursday the couple received another batch of 1,300 to distribute up north, from actor Julian Lewis Jones aka King Atlan from the film Justice League. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

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Mr Harty, who is a funeral director in Llandudno, said: “Astronomers make stuff and loads of astronomers use 3D printers and were using them to make things for the NHS. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“We were printing about 12 a day, and printers break down and you run out of supplies. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“So an astronomer friend, Mark Illsley, directed me to the Amman Valley Makers Page on Facebook. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“I made a donation and next day they said 1,000 visors were on their way to us. We received them on Tuesday this week. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“Then we got another call saying there were 1,300 on their way from a famous Welsh actor. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“On Thursday Julian Lewis Jones, who played King Atlan in the Justice League film, turned up. He was absolutely brilliant. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“He’s obviously not working at the moment, so he was volunteering through his local rugby club and driving around Wales dropping PPE off.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

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Mr Harty said the masks, which bear the message “Cadwch yn ddiogel” (stay safe) were all disinfected and packed ready to be delivered around North Wales. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

He said he has been dropping them off at Colwyn Bay crematorium where other funeral directors have been collecting and dropping off supplies to care homes, hospitals and other sites where key workers need the kit. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

He said he has also supplied both North Wales Police and the local Resilience Forum, and claimed much of the PPE available has already been allocated. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Mr Harty added: “A lot of places have got PPE but some have got nothing at all and some people burst into tears when we arrive. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“We try and help all the key workers we normally don’t think about like pharmacies and I’m absolutely taken aback by the impact that it’s had.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

By Jez Hemming – Local Democracy Reporter ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​



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