Clubbing brand founders launch fundraiser to produce PPE for the NHS in Liverpool

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The founders of Circus, Chibuku, ENRG & award-winning Slater Street bar, The Merchant, have purchased, using their own money, a series of 3D printers which will enable them to produce PPE masks which can be used by frontline NHS workers in Liverpool, and they are launching a fundraiser to help them to provide PPE to as many NHS workers as possible.

The team has six high volume 3D printers and from today (Tuesday 21st April) will start producing masks ready for delivery to workers fighting the COVID-19 outbreak in our city, aiming to produce 1,000 units per week.

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Rich McGinnis, one of the founders of the brands, added: “We noticed local Liverpool lad Paul Heneghan had started out with one printer, making some trial pieces, so we decided to join forces to help buy more printers, provide more space for production and assembly and use the reach of our collective social media to get the word out. 

“Special thanks to Joe Anderson and LCC who helped get key worker status for everyone working on the project. We have had a great response from suppliers, most of which are offering raw materials at cost price and helping get deliveries to us as fast as possible as they know it’s for PPE.”

The have launched a fundraising appeal, hoping to raise £10 000, which will help fund materials and additional printers to increase production across 10 printers in total. The fund is already at £3,600 with 103 supporters after launching yesterday afternoon.

Justgiving page link – https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/3d-ppe-printing

Liverpool has a reputation as a city that invests in people and has a great network of entrepreneurs who want to give something back to the community.

NHS workers can travel for free Arriva, Stagecoach and Merseyrail. When you consider long shifts and stress and strain involved, this is a lovely gesture, that really helps.

Alpha Taxis are also spreading some sunshine in local communities. Alpha Taxis collected essential items from Home Bargains. They delivered these items to Everton in the Community, LFC Foundation, St Andrew’s Community Network and The Big Help Project. This meant that vulnerable people and those in need got what they needed to help see them through difficult times.

This fundraiser, launched by Liverpool clubbing brands, is the latest initiative, to produce PPE and support the NHS in Liverpool.

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