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A year 9 student from
St Francis Xavier School has completed his own ‘pedal power’ challenge to help raise funds for his school’s Technology Department to supply face visors to key workers.

Dean Cunningham, aged 13, completed circuits on his bike on Saturday 25 April around the block where he lives in Catterick Garrison, and clocked up over 30 miles / 50km.  An achievement in itself, but Dean, inspired by the outstanding efforts of Captain Tom Moore, decided he wanted to turn his cycling marathon into a sponsored ride to raise funds to help the NHS, and what better way than helping his school to make visors.   Like many schools in the area, St Francis Xavier’s Technology Department took up the challenge to use resources in the school to produce face visors for local health and social care settings.  So far over 1000 shields have been supplied and continue to be made as school staff turn out up to 150 a day, buying in additional materials to continue to meet demand.  Dean set himself a £500 target which will go towards these costs. His ‘just giving’ page is at https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2904193849668386&id=100002333994569

Mr Stuart McGhee, Headteacher 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. 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.

As we celebrate Captain Tom’s 100th birthday this week, it’s particularly poignant to note that he has inspired a young local hero to set his own physical challenge, and in so doing, help new babies be delivered safely into Yorkshire, where Captain Tom was born. We think he would approve.