Catterick Garrison teen completes bike challenge to pay for PPE

Dean Cunningham.

A student from St Francis Xavier School in Richmond has completed his own pedal powered challenge to help supply face visors for key workers.

Dean Cunningham, 13, completed circuits around his block in Catterick Garrison on his bike on Saturday and clocked up more than 30 miles.

They money raised will be used by his school’s technology, which is using its resources to produce face visors for local health and social care workers.

So far more than 1,000 shields have been supplied, with staff still making 150 a day.

Dean was inspired by the efforts of Captain Tom Moore, who raised more than £29m by walking around his garden.

Headteacher Stuart McGhee said: “Dean has selflessly given his time and effort to help our area’s health and care workers.

“This may be in an indirect way, but it is having maximum impact and I congratulate Dean on this outstanding gesture of kindness and ingenuity.”

One of the recipients is Genevieve West, a midwife at the Friarage Maternity Centre and the community midwifery team, which received a supply of visors from the school.

Genevieve West, a midwife at the Friarage Maternity Centre, with one of the SFX visors.

As well as midwives, other organisations helped by the school include GP practices, ambulance crews, district nurses, a prison, community first responders, carers in the community, an animal rescue centre and nine care homes.

Dean set himself a £500 target which will go towards the costs of producing the visors.

To donate to the appeal click here. [kofi]