Salesian in the community – St Peter’s & Ashford Hospital

Here at Salesian our community is one of our key strengths and we know that working together enables us to fulfil our values, particularly that of ‘enlightening minds and uplifting hearts’.  This becomes more pertinent in difficult times and our students, staff and community never cease to put the needs of others at the forefront of their minds. 

As soon as news hit that local Care Homes and our local hospital, Ashford & St Peter’s were in short supply of scrubs, masks and visors Salesian staff stepped up to rally together a team of students, parents, extended family and friends of Salesian to set up on operation.

Our DT department kept our purpose-built classrooms alive and buzzing, producing much needed visors to protect hospital staff to allow them to safely continue with the much needed care of patients isolated from their families.

Our sewing machines were deployed to the homes of both able and novice seamstresses and a production line of fabric washers, pattern cutters, seamstresses, ironers and drivers were born and set about their tasks with great eagerness and enthusiasm. 

Overall, hundreds scrubs, visor and masks were made and delivered to St Peter’s & Ashford Hospital, Woking Community Hospital, care homes and doctor surgeries in need.  A precision operation with tears and laughter and many late nights.  This serves as a testament to the character of a Salesian, working seamlessly as a community to invest in the lives of others.

A GoFundMe page raised ample funds for the supply of materials with donations coming in from far and wide.  Those donations far exceeded our expectations and we were delighted to be able to donate the balance to St Peter’s and Ashford Hospital staff Well-being Hub for the purchase of table tennis tables and games to give some much deserved respite for all their staff who work together to ensure the best of care for their patients.

We were delighted to be invited to St Peter’s to see their new wellbeing hub and the games in situ and we look forward to further building on our relationship to enhance our students learning experience and support our careers programme.