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Academy launches fundraising campaign

Today, Tuesday 28 April 2020, The Ebbsfleet Academy has launched a fundraising campaign, asking for financial help to support the schools production of PPE, which is being delivered daily to frontline key workers.  The school is asking for financial help to ensure they can continue to produce PPE visors, scrubs, scrub wash bags, face masks and headbands.  The working group is hoping to raise £2,000.  This will buy materials, equipment and resources to meet the daily requests of support from the community for PPE.  You can find out more information or make a donation at www.theebbsfleetacademy.kent.sch.uk/PPEfundraiser

Since all schools were partially closed, teachers from the academy formed a small working group responding to the urgent demand for PPE for frontline staff and began manufacturing visors in the academy’s design and technology workshop.  Responding to the needs of the community the working party recently extended their production and began stitching scrubs, scrub wash bags, face masks and headbands.

Ms Gurjit Kaur Shergill, Principal of The Ebbsfleet Academy said: “I’m so proud of all my staff, who have risen to the challenge in these unprecedented times and have responded to the needs of the community.  I think everybody knows someone who is currently working on the frontline, continuing to provide above-and-beyond care no matter what within our community. It’s fantastic to think that a small gesture on our part can make a difference to people’s lives.”

Mr Barry Beck, a member of community, visited the academy last week after reading about the academy’s PPE working group, to ask if we had any supplies we could give to a nursing home caring for his mother.  To thank the academy for the PPE supplies, Mr Beck made a generous donation of £100.

Naps Gilliamore, Director of Learning - Art, Design & Technology at The Ebbsfleet Academy said: “We gave Mr Beck what little stock we had left.  Now with more material on its way we hope to make a delivery of extra PPE to the nursing home very soon. The £100 has brought material to make the next batch of scrubs.  It’s been amazing how the community is pulling together, doing what they can help others.”

Ms Shergill concludes: “It important for everyone to stay safe, we know that one of the key things that helps people to feel safe is contact.  Within our Ebbsfleet community I want to thank students, our families and staff for ensuring that we stay connected as a community.”

If you’re able to make a donation, or would like to know more about our PPE supply visit www.theebbsfleetacademy.kent.sch.uk/ppefundraiser