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Personnel from RAF Marham have been looking at ways that they can support the community over the last few months during the coronavirus period.

The military airbase’s photographic team has been making plastic clips using a 3D printer in order to ensure face masks are more comfortable to wear.

Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital were the first recipients of the clips which keep the elastic away from the wearer’s ear. The East of England Ambulance Service Trust has also benefited.

This is an image of 3D printed medical clips being presented to members of the RAF Marham First Responder’s crew by SAC Mayfield from RAF Marham’s Photographic Section. Picture: RAF Marham
This is an image of 3D printed medical clips being presented to members of the RAF Marham First Responder’s crew by SAC Mayfield from RAF Marham’s Photographic Section. Picture: RAF Marham

Inspiration for this initiative was taken from RAF Odiham in Hampshire.

A RAF Marham staff member involved with the process said: “It’s been great to be able to support our local NHS and care workers by producing these clips which will hopefully help to make them a bit more comfortable whilst they are working”.

A Community Support and Chaplaincy team has also been doing its bit during the pandemic to keep families entertained through activity packs, virtual coffee mornings and social media communications.

RAF Marham has been making 'bird feeding pizza kit' activity packs for families. Picture: RAF Marham
RAF Marham has been making 'bird feeding pizza kit' activity packs for families. Picture: RAF Marham

The latest activity for families is a ‘bird feeding pizza kit’. These packs have been posted to families who live further afield as well.

For those visiting the RAF Marham shop for essentials, the activity packs have been placed on a table outside the building for people to pick up.

Elsewhere at the air base, the RAF Marham co-responders increased their support to the East of England Ambulance Trust in May with the arrival of two double staffed ambulances.

This is in addition to the Rapid Response Vehicle already in use daily.

In the first four weeks since launching this, the RAF Marham team have been on the road for approximately 800 hours and have attended to 191 patients.

A spokeswoman said :”They have attended a variety of emergencies from falls and abdominal pain to cardiac arrests and traffic incidents.

“The addition of the ambulances has meant that the team now have the facility to transport patients to hospital, including those with suspected Covid-19.”

RAF Marham station commander, group captain Jim Beck said “These are just a few examples of the fantastic work that personnel from RAF Marham are doing to support the community in these uncertain times.

“From the continuing work that the co-responders are doing to the new initiatives that are being introduced, I am justly proud of these individuals and teams.

“The ideas they have come up with to make a difference to all of our families and the wider community.”

Aircraft have been flying from Monday to Thursday this week ahead of the deployment of 617 Squadron to HMS Queen Elizabeth.



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