Silent commemoration for key workers who have died with coronavirus

Rainbow for keyworkers

People across the UK joined together in silence at 11am today to commemorate more than 100 NHS, care staff and other key workers who have died with coronavirus.

Bradford College staff observed the minute silence, their thoughts with the families of key workers who have died.

Whilst working from home and delivering learning online to students, staff at Bradford College have been looking at ways to support key workers during this unprecedented pandemic:

• Staff and students have clapped for keyworkers from their doorsteps every Thursday at 8pm.
• Technology and Media Manager, Zaid Bashir, has produced over 1000 protective masks using 3D printers and other raw materials for Bradford’s hospital workers in need of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
• Nine staff have joined a volunteer programme and receiving training to support vulnerable adults in care homes.
• Community and Distance Learning staff and students have teamed up with city businesses to make reusable theatre scrubs for hospitals in Bradford and Halifax
• Food from the College’s training restaurant has been donated to Bradford Central Food Bank to help those in need
• Medical supplies including more than 13,000 gloves and 800 bottles of hand sanitiser have been donated from the Advanced Technology Centre to health organisations. Bradford Royal Infirmary took delivery of the gloves while the rest was collected by city charity The Cellar Trust.

In addition the College’s Safeguarding team continues to support students and vulnerable adults who may be in difficult situations. Dawn Leak, Vice Principal (Curriculum and Development) said: “We are very proud of our students and staff who have found innovative ways to support essential front line services, particularly when we able to support the NHS and other key workers.”

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