Cubbington couple and Lillington man have joined forces to make and provide ear protectors for NHS staff working on frontline during Covid-19 pandemic

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Engineers living in Cubbington and Lillington have been making ear protectors at their homes so that NHS staff and other care workers can work in more comfort while wearing face masks during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Cubbington couple Sarah and Andrew Heaven, who work at Manufacturing Technology Centre in Coventry and Hofer Powertrain in Leamington respectively, have been making the protectors using their 3D printer at their home.

And friend and colleague Ian Cooper, who lives in Lillington, has been doing the same with his 3D printer and then cycling to the couple's house and dropping his batches at their doorstep.

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So far, the team have dispatched more than 1,000 protectors and people have been collecting them from the couple's doorstep.

Hoe the ear protectors are worn with a mask and used to stop rubbing and chafing behind the ears.Hoe the ear protectors are worn with a mask and used to stop rubbing and chafing behind the ears.
Hoe the ear protectors are worn with a mask and used to stop rubbing and chafing behind the ears. | jpimedia

Sarah said: "Both of my sisters are frontline keyworkers using this protective personal equipment (PPE) for 12 hours a day.

"I had seen how uncomfortable they had been wearing it.

"We redesigned a base design for strength and for a fast print time.

"I then put a few posts out on social media asking if people wanted any and would they be useful and it’s just exploded from there.

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The ear protectors are being made using 3D printers.The ear protectors are being made using 3D printers.
The ear protectors are being made using 3D printers. | jpimedia

"We have dispatched 1,000 protectors since Friday and we have asked colleagues to help with their own 3D printers."

"Ian deserves a special mention for joining our cause.

"We can print ten protectors out each hour and people can collect them from our doorstep."

Each of the protectors cost about 7p to make and help to prevent rubbing and chafing behind the ears caused by protective masks.

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