20th April 2020 — Hurst College is pleased to be doing its part to help the local NHS communities in their fight against Coronavirus by donating science goggles and delivering laptops and computer screens to local GP surgeries.
Hurst parent, Cheryl Lambe, a GP at Henfield Medical Centre, approached Headmaster Tim Manly for help due to concerns regarding lack of appropriate personal protective equipment, particularly visors and masks. Cheryl said: “Mr Manly responded immediately and within a couple of hours had donated all the school’s science goggles. We were all overwhelmed by his generosity and continue to be appreciative of all the support offered by Hurst in these difficult times.”
Hurst’s Assistant Fleet Manager, Ian Milton, was approached by a business contact from the Commissioning Care Group in Lewes to request assistance with delivering laptops and computer screens to all NHS GP surgeries across West Sussex so that staff could work from home.
In phase one of this huge logistical task, three mini-buses and teams of two volunteer drivers travelled more than 550 miles over two days. Ian, along with Fleet Manager Dennis Levy, mini-bus drivers Steve Carroll, Alistair Morris, Ian King and Phil Hogan delivered more than 185 laptops and nearly 400 monitors. Phase two and three will see the further distribution of hundreds of laptops.
“The NHS did not have the resources to deliver the IT equipment but we did! We were greeted with gratitude at many sites - staff and GPs alike thanked us and the college for coming to their assistance. Interestingly, the red Hurst mini-buses were recognised by several who had seen them in the normal course of events. It was great to help out and put the college's resources to good use in the current crisis,” said Ian Milton.