16 April 2020
Stan Tucker of West Heath, Birmingham, has come up with an innovative way to help the NHS from home.
With three children and six grandchildren, Stan and his wife Linda are, like so many, feeling the pressure of isolation. But despite the challenging circumstances, Stan is focusing his time on a project that is helping healthcare workers on the frontline.
Using a 3D printer, Stan is creating face mask clips for NHS staff. The clips are designed to stop the elastic on face masks from rubbing on the back of people’s ears, holding the mask in place more comfortably behind the head. They make a big difference to healthcare workers who are wearing face masks for long periods of time in the fight against coronavirus.
Stan prints the face mask straps at home and at his own expense. So far, he has donated batches of the clips to the QE Hospital Birmingham and to the new Nightingale Hospital at the NEC.
One of Stan’s daughters is an NHS worker, and knows first-hand the difference these face mask clips can make. His whole family are very proud of his efforts to help those on the frontline.
Stan is part of a worldwide movement of independent creators making these face mask clips. If you have a 3D printer at home, you can also help Stan’s mission by downloading the clinically approved design at Thingiverse.com.