As we begin to partially reopen to certain year groups, local organisations have generously donated essential equipment and PPE to assist with the new safety measures required in school.

Former QEGS pupil, Sam Walsh, who is now Director of TG Engineering, kindly donated a box of 50 face shields which will be required should there be a need to administer first aid, as per the guidance supplied by the Department for Education. Sam’s company, TG Engineering Plastics Ltd, contacted QEGS during the pandemic to support the staff at school and, although we hope they are not used regularly in school, we would like to say thank you to Sam and his company for the donation.

Support has also been given by the Children’s Services department at Blackburn with Darwen Council, who co-ordinated a large order of anti-bacterial washes, soaps and hand gels for the school, an essential supply as the school looks to welcome back more pupils and students before the Summer break.

Finally, a large donation of medical gloves in all sizes from the NHS staff at Royal Blackburn Hospital has also been gratefully received by the school. A parent from QEGS Nursery arranged the donation, which offers essential protection for many of the cleaning and catering staff on site, as well as those who may need to administer first aid around school in the coming weeks.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Sam Walsh and TG Engineering, Blackburn with Darwen Council and the NHS staff at the Royal Blackburn Hospital for supporting us with essential PPE and equipment. Every item will help us ensure our school is prepared and is a safe environment for everybody, as we look forward to welcoming more pupils and students back in to school.