A TEESSIDE University academic has provided and distributed PPE to businesses across the area.

Dr Michael Short, from the University’s School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies, created and designed face mask filters and visors which have been donated to key workers across the region in healthcare, retail and the police.

Including providing visors to the Unicorn Centre in Middlesbrough, which provides horse riding for disabled children and adults.

Claire Pitt, Unicorn Centre manager, said: "We are a small registered charity and it has been very difficult financially for us during lockdown. As the Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease, we have been looking to start preparing for starting up some of our activities again, but as we have no budget for PPE this donation of face shields will help us to take those first steps. We’re utterly grateful."

Dr Short said: "It has been a real community-led effort which we have been proud to be part of. We are pleased to have been able to share the Universities’ expertise and join forces with local businesses and other volunteers in the region."