A TEENAGE entrepreneur has been honoured for his community work to help 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 amid the Covid-19 crisis.

The 17-year-old had already created two small printing and design businesses before the coronavirus hit.

When lockdown began, the ambitious teenager set up a GoFundMe page where he fundraised more than £1,000 which allowed him to use his print and design expertise to help others.

Jake said: “The money I raised allowed me to print face masks to those who need them. I’ve made 550 so far, but the number is growing all the time.

“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 community has been the highlight.”

He added the donations allowed him to print masks for care homes, hospitals and the community.

As a result of his efforts, he has been honoured 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 Sixth Form College 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 gave Jake £50 in Amazon vouchers for his achievements.

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

He also sells stickers on his Etsy store.

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