Our very own 3rd cornet superstar, Dennis Jordan, his wife Joyce and their loyal staff have been working round the clock keeping the good folk of Trimdon supplied with food and essential items during this Covid-19 pandemic, from their convenience store. However, this amazing effort was putting themselves at a greater risk, coming into contact with scores of people every day visiting the shop, and so put a call out for help to the public for face masks, as these items are in such great demand and increasingly difficult to attain.
Phil Hounsell, the band’s Principal Trombone player, offered to contact his Brother in law in Southwell in Nottinghamshire. Jon and Audrey Bray, along with a family of volunteers, had recently started making face shields at their company premises, Learn2print. Their day to day business of providing training to the printing industry had, like so many other businesses, been affected, which led to their headquarters and range of printing equipment standing empty and idle. It was after watching the news one evening, Jon and Audrey decided to do something to help the situation. They set about creating samples of face shields and sharing them on social media, then setup a production environment and with the help of their family and friends, got to work.
With funding coming in from a Facebook appeal, they were able to source the correct materials to meet infection control needs. Demand quickly increased to a national level, with supplies being sent to G.P surgeries, Health Care Centres, Hospitals, Care Homes and Pharmacies, as far as Devon & Cornwall and up to Scotland. Jon & Audrey were happy to help when Phil got in touch, and just over a week later, 20 brand new face shields were delivered to the Jordan’s store. Dennis, Joyce and the staff were extremely grateful for the delivery of masks. It means they can safely continue serving the local community of essential items during this troubling time, and a donation was made by the Jordan’s Store to the fund, to help Jon and Audrey’s efforts continue to provide this essential piece of kit for those on the front line.