A TEENAGE entrepreneur has made more than 500 face masks for the health care sector during the coronavirus lockdown.

Jake Lay Flurrie, from Ardleigh, decided to do something positive for the community while at the same time developing his own businesses amidst the Covid-19 crisis.

The 17-year-old, who goes to the One Sixth Form College, in Ipswich, had already created two small printing and design businesses before the coronavirus hit.

As soon as the lockdown began the ambitious teenager set up a GoFundMe page where he fundraised more than £1,000 which allowed him to use his expertise to support the greater good.

Jake said: “The money I raised allowed me to print face masks to those who need them.

“Any money left over will be donated to the NHS and other charities.

“Getting to see the positive effects my support has given to those in the local community has been the highlight.”

He added the donations allowed him to print masks for care homes, hospitals, and the community, including The Oaks Residential Home, Welshwood Manor, Colne Medical Centre, Colchester Food Bank, Allied Healthcare and Ardleigh Surgery.

As a result of his efforts the sixth form where he studies honoured him with a top prize in a community awards competition.

Competition organiser, Hannah Gentile, said: “Jake’s efforts have been outstanding.”

“He is a credit to everyone connected with One and has proved to be a real superstar.

“Many other students were also rewarded for their efforts.

“Other award winners included a student who participated in a sports challenge for The Teenage Cancer Trust and another youngster who shaved her head for charity.”

The college also awarded Jake with a £50 in Amazon vouchers for his achievements.

Jake’s printing business provides custom printing and graphic design services.

Visit printingwithjake.co.uk to find out more information.