Published: 13 May 2020

Medical Physics student donates 100 face masks for NHS and community workers

Having returned home to China in March, Amy Huang decided she wanted to make a contribution to the UK’s fight against coronavirus – so she bought 100 high grade masks and sent them to Surrey’s Covid Assist team.

The medical and N95 face masks have now been distributed by the Covid Assist team for use in care homes, NHS trusts and community centres.

Amy, who is studying for an MSc in Medical Physics at Surrey, was required to spend a month quarantined in a hotel when she first arrived back in Yunnan province, China, before being able to return to her home.

She said: “I miss everything at the University of Surrey and worry about my teachers and classmates. Once I was out of quarantine, I bought over 100 medical and N95 masks from different pharmacies in China and mailed them to Surrey.

“In this extremely difficult period I’m very happy to be able to make a small contribution to my University and others in need. I believe that through the joint efforts of everyone, the world will survive this disaster.”

Continuing to study for her MSc online, Amy added: “Everything is going well, although there are some challenges due to the 7-hour time difference between Europe and China as well as the instability of the network. However I will continue to work hard because there are still many aspects where I can learn and improve.”

Adam Arnold-Phillips of Surrey’s Covid-19 Assist team commented: "We were delighted to hear news of a student donating PPE supplies to the University of Surrey to support our Covid response efforts. This donation is supporting our local community to help save lives and has made a real impact at a time when our front-line workers really needed them.

“Amy, thank you so much for your generosity, our thoughts are with you and your family. We hope to see you on campus again soon.”


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