Colourful handmade masks for sale £4 each. All funds raised go to the NHS.
Starting with just sewing machines in their kitchens, Haslingfield-based creative friends Melissa Santiago-Val and Jane Horwood began making community-use face masks in April. They have now made over 2,500 masks, recruited a team of 40 volunteers, raising £14,000 for the NHS, received orders from all over the world, and their masks are being seen on famous faces including Craig Revel Horwood and cosmic author Lucy Hawking.
The masks made by CommunityMasks4NHS are not PPE grade – government advice is that public should be wearing a face-covering or mask in enclosed spaces such as shops and public transport, and not take away from PPE supplies that are needed by frontline staff. Melissa, co-Founder, said “We are not scientists, but the evidence does seem to show that if everyone wore these masks, we would all be protecting each other far more.”