Posted: Tue 28th Apr 2020

Special constable helps make 1,500 face masks as part of effort by Abergele secondary school

North Wales news and information
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Apr 28th, 2020

A special constable has helped to make more than 1,500 protective visors to aid the fight against the coronavirus. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Matt Roberts teamed up with his colleagues at Ysgol Emrys ap Iwan after realising there was a shortage of PPE available. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Initially the team at the Abergele secondary school made 100 face masks, but it soon became apparent there was a need for far more to protect critical workers from COVID-19. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

Matt, who has taught design, craft and technology at the school since 2014 said: “It started with 100 now we are getting orders galore, and we have already supplied over 1500 across North Wales. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“We started using school materials, but as the demand has increased we are now relying on donations from the public to buy the materials required.” ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

He added a rota system had been put in place and a production line, with teachers from various departments coming in to help. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

When not in school Matt, who comes from Llanrwst, volunteers a great deal of his spare time to being a special constable in Bangor. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

“It’s all about team work,” said Matt, who will be leaving the school shortly to become a full time police officer. ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

For anyone requiring masks Matt and the team can be contacted via ‌​‌‌​​​‌‍‌​‌​‌​​​

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