This Is Makers
After completing The Prince’s Trust’s Enterprise programme, Sarah had planned to launch laser cutting business This is Makers with friend Aaron, when the COVID-19 pandemic began.
They knew their original plans wouldn’t be able to go ahead but were able to adapt their business to not only thrive in the current climate, but also support the NHS and healthcare workers by helping to supply PPE (personal protective equipment).
“I was a bit gutted that we couldn’t launch the business as planned but I knew with everything that was going on, we had to stay positive and think of ways that we could do to help. After hearing that the NHS and healthcare workers nationally were struggling with a shortage of PPE, I knew that our business could help in some way. With a laser cutter, you can make almost anything if you put my mind to it, so I started to investigate creating PPE myself.
“It was actually this post, along with the incredible online community who shared it widely, that helped me to get in contact with a hospital in Glasgow, where we took our first steps in helping to produce vital PPE. We were also able to build a partnership and work collaboratively with Paisley YMCA. Where we were able to deliver 526 face mask shields to the hospital as well as 350 goggles from Paisley YMCA.
“To continue our efforts, we decided to design and produce comfortable and durable face shields for our healthcare heroes. We are continuing to work with Paisley YMCA as well as students from the University of Strathclyde Motorsport Team who we have started a fundraiser with to raise funds to purchase material.
"This fundraiser has now raised over £1500 for materials which has enabled us to buy material to produce 500 pieces of PPE a day using only one laser cutter. We’re so happy to be able to help individual healthcare workers and care homes during this time.
“I’m so grateful to everyone who has donated and to those who have even offered the use of their own time and equipment to get involved in the project. What we really need is donations to help us buy more materials.
“One face shield cost us just 50p to produce so the phrase ‘every little helps’ really rings true here! If we keep receiving donations at the same rate, we will be able to help healthcare workers across the country.
“I’m really looking forward to continuing this project and supporting our healthcare heroes in the best way that we can.”