Canadian Boys’ School in Elstree honored for work during pandemic


A boys’ school received “medals of appreciation” for its “extraordinary efforts” at the start of the Covid pandemic.

Dr Raja Amjid Riaz, NHS consultant surgeon at the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, visited Aske’s Haberdashers Boys School in Elstree this week to thank them for the work they have done to protect hospital staff.

During the first lockdown, chief design and technology Simon Vincent and householder Tom Hardman and their team produced thousands of facial visors which were distributed to staff at various hospital trusts.

Nursing homes, funeral directors, cemeteries and charities also received the personal protective equipment that Canadians were able to create.

Dr Riaz, who was seconded to the Mid and South Essex NHS Trust during the pandemic, says the visors helped fill a PPE shortage during the first wave, and a year later he wanted to show his gratitude to the Habs.

Dr Riaz did so by visiting the private school on Thursday to present medals of appreciation.

The medal awarded to the Aske’s Haberdashers boys‘ school

He said: “Mid and South Essex NHS Trust and the whole region would like to thank and congratulate the school and in particular Simon Vincent and Tom Hardman and their team for the great job they have done. a monumental effort by the school to help regionally during these difficult times.

“It is this altruistic and positive attitude that can get us out of this pandemic quickly and return to some form of normalcy.”

Mr Hardman said: “I thank Dr Riaz for his recognition of our efforts, but it is important to clarify that he also played an important role in the distribution of the visors.

“It was truly a team effort and I want to thank the whole team for their hard work and effort.”

Principal Gus Locke, added: “This work reflects the positive attitude of the school and makes a difference. We are delighted that we were able to help.


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