The McCuaigs this week's Local Heroes!
In these trying times, there have been countless examples of communities coming together in the fight against COVID-19, so as we select this week’s It’s Good 2 Give Local Hero, it’s only fair that an entire family pick up the accolade!
Today we celebrate the fantastic work of The McCuaig family, who have turned their Orthodontic Surgery and Medical Dental Laboratory into a manufacturing suite for face shields for nursing staff, GP practices, care workers, shop keepers and even the local postman.
Hailing from Biggar in South Lanarkshire, The McCuaigs have not only proved to be true Local Heroes during the COVID-19 pandemic, but they are also huge rugby lovers, with all three members of the family involved with Biggar RFC.
Mum, Cheryl, plays and trains with the senior ladies team. Dad, Rob, is the minis P5 coach, while son, Gregor, plays with the P7 squad and was even an Edinburgh Rugby mascot for the Scarlets game back in October 2019!
Rob and Cheryl both worked for the NHS and due to their enthusiastic contributions to local rugby, they have since ventured out on their own to build a respectable Orthodontic Surgery and Medical Dental Laboratory.
They business provides every child at the rugby club with the opportunity to get fitted for a custom fit mouth guard at a reduced cost, while they preach the importance of safety within contact sports.
The McCuaigs also offer this service to multiple sports facilities including hockey clubs, boxing and even ice hockey.
After the CCM laboratory had to close its doors temporarily due to COVID-19, Cheryl was keen to assist in any which way she could.
So, with the current shortage of PPE, Cheryl has since transformed the dental laboratory into a manufacturing suite for face shields, using designs which had already been adopted by many NHS Trusts.
Within three days she made her first donation of vital face shields to local GP’s and had a request for over 100 more. Donations from Duneaton Community Council and the Clyde Wind Farm has enabled them with extra funding for the materials to allow production to continue.
With Cheryl busy in the laboratory preparing the face shields, her husband Rob has been linking up with fellow bikers at ‘Volunteer Riders UK’ in order to deliver the equipment across the UK.
So far, the McCuaigs have made just short of 1000 visors for surrounding communities and NHS workers across the country, with Rob having only just recently delivered a batch of equipment to the Borders General Hospital.
The McCuaigs have truly pulled together for the greater good during these times of need and there’s no doubt that they are Local Heroes!