Father and son team at Eastwood firm have designed a protective face guard for NHS frontline staff

An Eastwood business is going above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic by making tens of thousands of faceguards every day to protect NHS staff.

Friday, 10th April 2020, 9:28 am
Steve and Connor Hardy

Steve Hardy, from Prosign Print and Display on Moorgreen Industrial Estate in Eastwood, couldn’t believe it when he was watching the news and saw some NHS staff were not protected with faceguards.

After the country was put into lockdown Mr Hardy made the difficult decision to close his factory and furlough his staff but he still wanted to help in any way he could during this crisis.

So together with his son, Connor Hardy, the two of them came up with a design and started making their own guards.

Steve said: “I was watching the news and I could not believe what I was watching, our front line staff who were all helping us, were not protected with faceguards.

“We jumped in my car and went into work and by the morning we had a design that we felt worked, and more importantly a design that we could make cost effectively and quickly.

“We never thought for a second that we would get more than a few hundred out there but the demand was so high that in the first week we had produced 40,000 of them and have since increased production using family, my wife Angela in the evenings and my daughter Georgia during the day, plus a small army of good friends who are all volunteers to produce up to 20,000 units a day.

“We have seen the demand reduce over the past few days so we are currently looking at purchasing materials directly from the manufacturer to reduce our costs and we are also looking to produce an outdoor version to protect our police and ambulance services.

“As a print and display company we are used to adapting but I never thought I would be making these visors.

“We have also been approached about making coffins, but that one is something we are struggling to accept that we may have to produce and would sincerely prefer to protect people.

“Please stay indoors everyone and protect yourself if you have to go outside and stay safe guys.”

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