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Shane swaps Formula 3 racing car for PPE delivery van

Wolverhampton | Coronavirus | Published:

A professional racing driver has swapped his Formula 3 car for a transit van to deliver PPE to Midlands care workers.

Racing driver Shane Kelly

Shane Kelly, part of the University of Wolverhampton’s motor racing team, which is based in Telford, has been supporting key workers while live sport is on hiatus.

Over the last two months, the university has been manufacturing face shields, as well as hand and surface sanitiser for NHS Trusts, care homes and other frontline key workers.

More than 500 face shields and 140 litres of sanitiser have been produced by the university’s schools of engineering and pharmacy.

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A Covid-19 fundraising appeal has raised more than £7,500, helping the university to continue manufacturing, protecting frontline workers who are helping the most vulnerable.

Dr Syed Hasan, head of the school of engineering at the university, said: “We have enlisted Kelly, who normally would be driving for the university’s student team at racing circuits around the country, to use his skills on the roads of the West Midlands.

"The shortage of PPE has been deeply felt in care homes, and it’s been humbling for everyone involved to take protective equipment out to key workers in the fight against the pandemic.”

Mary Dzimwasha, manager at The Villa Care Home in Madeley, Telford, said: “We really appreciate the face shields given to us by the university.

“It’s been so, so important to have supplies like these to protect both the vulnerable adults we work with and the staff that care for them.”

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