Pupils and staff at a secondary school have been helping make PPE to donate to hospitals and care homes.

Plume Academy, in Maldon, has donated thousands of pieces of protective equipment to frontline staff across the area.

Last week, the school helped deliver equipment directly to a live Covid-19 hub in Uttlesford.

Faculty leader for technology Mr Adams had led the programme, which has seen students and staff making visors, gloves, goggles and face masks.

Last month the school delivered more than 2,000 gloves, more than 600 pairs of goggles and high quality face masks directly to Provide, which runs St Peter’s Hospital in Maldon, Braintree Community Hospital and Halstead Hospital.

Plume headteacher Carl Wakefield said: “It is just our little part of saying thank you, and that we greatly respect you to all those who continue to put their own wellbeing on the line to help our community’s most vulnerable.

“I am immensely proud of the team of Mr Adams and his team, including his daughters and Daniel Frankland, from Year 11 who, over the past four weeks, have sourced and made in their own time hundreds of PPE visors.

“These were hand delivered to care homes and hospitals from Southend to Braintree and all recipients were so appreciative.

“It was quite simply an honour for us to be able to actually meet these fantastic people too although many of them are also our own family members and of whom we are exceptionally proud too.”