Huyton teen making hundreds of masks for Merseyside NHS staff from his bedroom

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A teenager from Huyton whose engineering apprenticeship is on hold due to the pandemic is using his free time to make visors for NHS staff at the region’s busiest hospitals and care homes.

Jack Gynane, 19, was on a mechanical engineering apprenticeship at Jaguar Landrover when the was stood down in late March.

Looking for something to occupy his time, the former Lord Derby Academy pupil decided to make a couple of protective visors and ear relievers on his home 3D printer.

When he asked if anybody would want them the number of responses he received was overwhelming.

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Jack set his 3D printer to work to fulfil the requests for orders for his PPE equipment that flooded in from hospitals and care homes.

With the help of donations from his Gofundme page and a friend who gave him their 3D printer, Jack now has three 3D printers working around the clock to supply the desperately needed equipment to the region's health care staff.

You can donate to Jack's Gofundme page by clickinghere.

Jack said: “I just felt there are people in the community who are desperate for PPE visors, and I’ve had a 3D printer for years now so I made one or two and asked if anyone wanted these.

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“Since then I’ve had so many requests for them – I’ve supplied nearly 400 and I’m still getting lots of orders every day.”

Since he started, Jack has supplied protective visors and ear relievers (which take the strain off the ears caused by the PPE equipment) to The Royal, Whiston and Aintree hospitals as well as to care homes throughout Merseyside.

Once he has made the PPE equipment he then drives out and delivers them to where they are needed.

Jack Gynane has made hundreds of protective visors for NHS staff using his 3D printer

Jack said: “When I deliver them it’s great to see a big smile on their face – they seem overwhelmed with what I’m doing.

“I tell them it might take me a day or two to fulfil their order but they say that’s great.

“The only other way that they can get them is from China and that has a backlog for months.

“At the moment I can produce about 50 visors a day.”

Jack told us that he was always taking apart old TVs and microwaves as a kid, and got his first 3D printer when he was 15.

Since then friends and family go to him if they need something made.

He said: “My mum said she needed a headband because she can’t go out get a haircut so I printed her one.”

Jack’s dad, Kevin Gynane said about his son’s incredible efforts to help the NHS at this critical time: “We are extremely proud of him and the way he has responded in a crisis. He is our hero.”

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