South Yorkshire couple voluntarily producing more personal protective equipment for hospitals

A couple in Rotherham are voluntarily producing more personal protective equipment for hospitals.

Thursday, 9th April 2020, 8:00 am
Updated Thursday, 9th April 2020, 8:01 am
Mr and Mrs Truman have been helping create PPE for local hospitals.

Janet and Graham Truman are using 3D printing machines to help create more protective masks to support local hospitals struggling to meet the rising demand for personal protective equipment (PPE).

With the demand for PPE set to increase further over the coming weeks, Mr and Mrs Truman have offered to continue this service to local hospitals stating they are capable of creating around 290 visors per week.

Initially, a single printing machine was taking over two hours to make each frame. The couple have since managed to buy more printing machines and cut the production time for each frame to one and a half hours.

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The 3D printing machines being used by the couple to create PPE.

Mr and Mrs Truman have also decided to set up a donation page for people to donate to and help them purchase the materials needed to make each mask.

Janet said: “It’s been quite challenging. We’ve seen all over the news just how desperate health workers are for more PPE and this inspired us to help in any way we could.

“Recently my husband has spent most nights awake trying to make sure the machines keep up with the work load - so we can keep up with orders. Even with the work as difficult as it is, it really is an amazing feeling to be able to give back to those fighting on the front line.”

You can find more information on how to help Mr and Mrs Truman at https://m.facebook.com/donate/643473449807122/?fundraiser_source=bookmark_hub&ref=bookmarks

A colourful sign designed by the couples daughter.