Portsmouth Technopole Hero Pete Turner

Not content with being MD of two family-run business working out of Portsmouth Technopole, Pete Turner has given himself a new seven day a week, 17 hours a day regime since lockdown started.

May 6th 2020

Not one to take things easy, Pete who is MD of TestTechGlobal Ltd, run by son Ross Turner and QiConnect, run by daughter Hayley Turner, was watching BBC news early morning Saturday 21st March when they were presenting an article on a few people utilising 3D printers to make simple protective face shields. His immediate reaction was:

“I have a 3D printer at work ... I have to go and get it and do that ... I need to try and help, albeit a small contribution.”
From day one he has been at home working seven days a week from 6 am until 11 pm and for the first four weeks setting his alarm to wake himself up three times a night as to keep the printer running overnight.
Pete said:
 “I don’t plan to stop until the requests stop and we are over this horrible virus. As the word spread I was approached by so many people to help and initially I was solely funding the project until My daughter, who also has a cake making business 'Cakey Bits' donated £150 from her profit to me to help me buy more material. I was overwhelmed by her support as she also had a friend who wanted to donate £500 to help so I suggested that I would put any donations towards a 2nd printer which I was able to do, but my personal funds were getting low so my daughter suggested I start a Crowdfunding page which I subsequently did and have been overwhelmed by the support which has allowed me to continue to buy almost £3000.00 of additional material and a 3rd Printer to speed up support for all requests."  
You can give to the crowdfunded here CROWDFUNDER FOR COVID-19 FACESHIELDS
In the last six weeks Pete he has single-handedly supplied the following teams which has helped take a bit of the pressure off PPE supply lines and safeguard our heroic frontline workers:
  • The Nurses and surgeons on at least 10 x different wards in QA Hospital including A&E, Renal and Radiology
  • St Mary's Hospital Spinnaker Ward 
  • St Wilfrids Hospice Bosham
  • Rowans Hospice Denmead
  • Boots Pharmacy workers
  • Sovereign Pharmacy
  • Lewis Pharmacy
  • Rapid Response teams
  • Doctors and staff at Westlands GP surgery Portchester
  •  Local Midwives
  • Surrey County hospital ICU staff
  • Numerous Local Care Homes
  •  House to House call Care worker teams including Handle with Care, Victory Unit, Passionate about Care, Bluebird Care Fareham, Sisterly Care, Green Meadow Care
  • NHS 111 Doctors Southsea
  • Portsmouth in the Community, 
  • Portsmouth Food delivery drivers [to the elderly & NHS staff] & many more individual requests.
Pete said: “All my local requests were fulfilled before any of the visors were supplied further afield. I am now supporting requests from hairdressers in preparation for their return & have also supplied workers on an open Fish market! Its been a very diverse range of people who need protection!”
We are so proud of Pete and his hard work helping frontline workers.
Pete has received so many messages of thanks that we can’t share them all but here are a few quotes:
“Many thanks for making those lovely face shields and donating to the frontline workers. I've collected 200 pieces from Tiffany yesterday and that was very generous. They will be shared with my frontline colleagues across the hospitals. My team have tried those on today and I have received lots of positive feedbacks. They are very pretty, colourful and well-made. They are conformable to wear and stay on very well and have good coverage.  One of the consultants especially commented that he was pleased as it fit just right with people wearing spectacles and won't obscure the view. “
From a Research nurse from Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington, currently, work on Covid trials.
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