Swedish company donates 300 visors to council health visiting team thanks to family connection

A SWEDISH paper manufacturer has donated 300 safety visors to the council to support Health Visitors and School Nurses going into families’ homes.

The PPE face shields have been donated thanks to Andrew Robinson, originally from Redcar but who is Managing Director at Swedish paper company, Oppboga Bruk. Mr Robinson’s sister, Vicky, is a Health Visitor working with  families and when her brother heard she and colleagues were on the frontline he arranged the donation.

The visors have a bright NHS rainbow on them so children will be comfortable and at ease when the staff visit family homes and schools.  Health Visitors,  School Nurses,  Early Years Senior Practitioners, Early Years Practitioners and School Nurse Assistants are  all continuing to work and visit families in these challenging times,  the visors provide added protection and also help children feel less intimidated by PPE. Some of the face shields have also been provided for the council’s social work team.

Vicky Robinson said: “It feels much safer wearing the visor and it’s great that they don’t look too daunting for the children with the bright colours on. It was really reassuring to get them, especially at the start of the lockdown.”

Andrew Robinson explained the company had diversified production during the lockdown and had started making the paper-based visors for UK frontline workers, including the NHS. He said: “We were really happy to make this donation. Obviously, it’s my home area and my sister is a Health Visitor so we have that connection but, more than that, we wanted to contribute, to do our bit at what is a difficult time’’

Councillor Alison Barnes, Cabinet Member for Children, said: “We can’t thank Oppboga Bruk enough. It’s made a real difference to our front line workers as these face shields are helping make sure everyone is safe. I would also like to thank all our wonderful staff out there who have been doing all they can, right through the lockdown, to keep our babies, children and young people safe, healthy and protected.”

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