A man from Kerry has turned his hobby to create vital protective equipment for frontline medical staff in Newtown, Montgomery and Shrewsbury.

After hearing the concerns from key workers over a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), Andrew Billington decided to print as many full-face shields as he can using his 3D printer.

On Thursday, April 2, Andrew launched a fundraising page with the help of his friend, Dawn Williams, who works as an A&E nurse, to raise £100 to buy materials.

Within 24 hours, he raised more than £1,000. The 40-year-old IT technician said the response from people has been “overwhelming”.

“It’s been mad,” Andrew said. “The support has been amazing.”

“I can’t thank everyone enough for jumping on board to help. The community spirit has been great. People have been willing to give money at short notice.”

Since donating 42 masks to The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Newtown surgery, Andrew has had requests from home care provider Abacare, Montgomery Medical Practice and the ambulance station in Newtown.

Andrew said: “There have been many requests for visors for people that work locally on the front lines in doctors' surgeries, ambulance stations and care homes. So much so that I have a backlog of approximately 300 hours of printing.

“So, I think the way forward is to use some of the money to purchase another printer that will cover half my print time and enable me to get the visors out to the people that need them quicker.

“When this is all over and I have done all I can to help, the leftover funds will be donated directly to Shrewsbury hospital.”

To show your support, go to www.facebook.com/donate/586220508634113/10163182715885084/  or donations can be made at Kerry Post Office.