St Philip’s and Chessington School were among the borough’s schools that sent their science goggles to the NHS to protect frontline staff working with patients suffering from COVID-19.

More than 5,000 goggles were donated to Kingston Hospital and St George’s Hospital from schools in Kingston.

Ben Walsh, Headteacher of St Philip’s School in Harrow Close, Chessington, said: “Never before have we felt such a connection and solidarity with our colleagues in the care and medical sector. Their positive response to the gesture gave all of the staff here a huge boost at a time when we must all work extra hard to keep spirits high.”

Some of the comments from the frontline staff included:

“Thank you so much! You cannot imagine what a difference your donations have made – you have definitely restored our faith in human kindness! Our doctors and nurses could not believe that they could now have their own pair of goggles… We are grateful to you and your colleagues.”

“These are coming just at the right time, thank you so much.”

(Photo taken by Dr Yasmine Weeks of Kingston Hospital showing staff wearing the donated goggles)