Freelance creative workers, including technicians and engineers, have offered to use their building skills to help the NHS create temporary wards and operating theatres in the fight against coronavirus.
An open letter, penned by a group of entertainment industry freelances, is proposing that individuals who are currently out of work use their expertise to assist the NHS, as intensive care units reach capacity.
The letter reads: “Our entire industry has stopped this week, so that the UK population can slow the progress of the coronavirus.
“We freelances are staying at home, and will continue to do so unless you ask some of us to be of service. We’ve got the skills that could help relieve pressure for the NHS.”
The letter argues that people working in the entertainment industry “are used to transforming a place used for one purpose into a place that can be used for another purpose”.
The effort is being spearheaded by two lighting designers, Katharine Williams and Jono Kenyon, on behalf of a new group of entertainment industry freelances, People Powered, set up specifically for this purpose.
People Powered’s letter continues: “We have engineers, electricians, lifters and shifters. For festivals and large events, we are used to constructing mini-cities with power, light, sanitation and medical provision. There are catering wagons and teams who can feed staff working a 12-hour shift pattern. There are drivers, runners, administrators and people used to manning the phones.”
Addressing NHS leaders, it offers individuals with 20 to 30 years’ experience, who can be linked up to jobs that require their specific skills, pledging: “Nothing is too big or too small. We’re here for you to help expand your capacity, and help flatten the curve.”
The full letter can be found