Everyone in the UK has been carefully following the news of the coronavirus outbreak which started in Wuhan, China. At University College School in Hampstead, pupils and staff were concerned by reports in the media regarding the lack of protective equipment available to doctors to prevent the virus infecting them through their eyes. To that end, staff at UCS arranged for 350 pairs of safety goggles to be transported to the front-line doctors in Wuhan’s hospitals.
Christopher Reynolds, Vice Master at UCS, explained: “Our pupils carry out the majority of their fundraising for charities during the autumn term. They organise and run numerous events which usually raise in excess of £50,000 for various charities. Every year, a small amount of money is held-back in the account to enable us to respond if a crisis occurs. The outbreak of the coronavirus in China demands an immediate response and this morning we were pleased to dispatch the protective equipment which, by this afternoon, was on a flight to Beijing.”