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A woodcarver who has been donating his skills and time to show his appreciation for the work of health care staff during the coronavirus pandemic said he is “thrilled” with the response his project has received.

Johnathon Whittaker, who is a full-time self-employed wood carver and sculptor, has been making hand-carved plaques to thank health care workers.

Since starting the idea in April, Mr Whittaker and his wife Christie, who helps with administration, have been inundated with requests.

The couple from Plymstock in Devon have been making plaques for care homes and the South Western Ambulance Service, as well as their original idea for NHS workers.

“I am feeling a mixture of emotions, excitement, happiness, anxiety, nervousness…there is a lot going on inside my head right now,” said Mr Whittaker.

“I never expected it to boom like it has, but I am loving every minute of it.”

They have had 110 requests from across the country, with the majority coming from the south west.

“The impact they are having is almost tangible – everyone seems to really value being gifted something that will stand as a long lasting reminder of their bravery and strength at this time.

“There will come a point where this will all die down, and the demand on my time will lessen, and all of this will be something wonderful to look back on.”

The 45-year-old thanked the companies that have backed them during this time and said the woodworking community “has been fantastic”.

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