From making props on Game of Thrones to creating face shields for health workers

Zipporah Reynolds is more used to creating props for the set of Game of Thrones but now she is using her skills to create face shields for health workers.

Wednesday, 8th April 2020, 9:03 am

Zipporah has been a sought after artist in the film and TV industry but as work is in haitus due to the Coronavirus crisis, she wanted to do her bit to help.

She has been living in Portadown for the last five years andhas already donated face shields for front line care workers in the Co Armagh area.

Zipporah, who has worked on shows such as Game of Thrones, Krypton and Dublin Murders, is now turning her time and attention to help with the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE )crisis, and support local NHS and charities who need it most.

Zipporah Reynolds.
Zipporah Reynolds.

Combining her skills of 3D printing and design Zipporah is taking a pragmatic approach during the current health crisis. Having already raised over £600 for NHS charity Heros by making NHS heart pins, Zipporah realised she could also use her expertise to help ease the concerns about PPE here in NI.

“I’m 3D printing PPE face shields to donate to the frontline heroes. My key focus is on care homes, hospices, the GPs and dentists where there is a huge shortage of PPE equipment putting vulnerable people at risk.

“I have just received my second printer, meaning I can increase my daily manufacturer from 20 up to 60 face shields a day. We need to get these out fast!”

Zipporah has already donated some of these face shields to local key workers such as the paramedic department at COVID19 centre in Craigavon, a care home and opticians in Armagh, and she continues to make more.

Zipporah Reynolds.

Having researched all aspects of PPE face shields, she has decided to follow a modified ‘3dverkstan’ pattern approved by UK health workers.

“In making these masks, strict PPE health and safety measures are taken on by myself. I wear a respirator, gloves, and face shield as I make them. I also work in a self-contained unit, which no one else has access to. All my surfaces are cleaned with alcohol, and each finished print is placed into a zip lock bag with date noted.”

Zipporah has a gofundme page and is calling for any donations large or small. All money received will be used to buy materials to make more shields, which will then be donated to our frontline key workers.

To help: www.gofundme.com/f/n-ireland-face-shields?

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