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We did it!

CoVisor Midi reusable face shield (visor)

We’ve reached our initial funding target of £7500! Thank you so much to everyone who’s supported so far. You’re all amazing and helping us to support our incredible NHS and care staff!

We’ve set a further stretch target of £15,000 that will enable us to increase our manufacturing volumes and ship even more face shields out to healthcare workers in Cornwall and further afield. Once we’ve met Cornwall’s needs we are going to donate additional stock to The NEAD who are the organisation distributing PPE donations to the country as a whole.

We’ve also had requests from our NHS contacts in Cornwall for other essential protective equipment, so we’re also going to use some of your donations to supply additional kit including protective gowns, which we’re able to source at a crazily good price through an international shipping agent. Thank you so much for helping us to use our skills to make a difference for those battling COVID-19 on the frontline.

Big love,

Sam, Shawn & Francis

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Another Update

Firstly, a thank you to everyone that has to wear a visor for what they are doing. I am humbled when I look at the number of visors in use and what is happening.

Secondly, thank you to everyone who has supported our project to get it this far this fast.

It has been another day of non-stop logistics, sourcing and solving. A record 6.5hrs of calls and video calls logged on my mobile, plus we discovered Good Friday, Easter and bank holiday Monday have suddenly loomed out of the future to stop much of the pallet network for our materials – so it may be a friend with a van and a lot of miles.

The team at Dufort packed and dispatched almost 800 visors, including 8 bought by a funeral director, 50 donated to Maternity at Treliske and an urgent request at lunchtime from Treliske Critical Care Unit for 100 units, which were packed and donated by this afternoon and are in use this evening. Thanks again CitySprint and to John for the Treliske trip.

Helpful Engineering, the open source medical equipment organisation we work with, asked if we could look at ramping up production volumes for the UK and in line with our stretch target, Shawn is now going to be working on ways to increase our manufacturing capacity to a nationally significant level.

Feedback from visors received today:
“The visors turned up today and were immediately used as we speak on a callout, thank you so very much for the speed in which these were ordered and delivered, it has helped in restoring confidence in my staff when dealing with difficult circumstances as you can all appreciate.”

“Some very appreciative and grateful staff at Treliske send big thanks to you and promise to review / photo.”

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City Sprint

The production team at Dufort Associates did a great job again today, we have now packed and dispatched 880 CoVisors. I have been asking people to give us negative feedback so we can make improvements as fast as possible as the tooling for the next injection moulding machine is being designed. We are increasing the length and width of the clear screen slightly as a result. It was of also lovely to get some very happy emails back from healthcare staff that had nothing before. Thanks to Wadebrige & Camel Estuary Practice for sending in this photo.

We made a big leap forward on logistics today as the amazing City Sprint have stepped in and offered heavily discounted same day deliveries within Cornwall and next day UK wide and for the first two weeks while we get going, they are covering 100% of the delivery costs. Thank you to Matt the City Sprint driver who delivered over 500 CoVisors to the Council and 200 to the out of hours GP service.

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First day of production

Monday 6th April 2020

Thank you all for your comments and the donations. A really busy day today for us all, especial Francis and team in the factory for the first day of production, so many details that suck up time – labels, instructions etc. 600 units produced today and the first 60 face shields delivered to Three Spires Medical Practice in Truro with another 300 boxed and ready to go out tomorrow. Our website is work in progress, but importantly has our phone number and email on for people needing face shields.