I had much more glamorous plans for my first blog post than writing about face masks but more on that in due course. I have now been making fabric face masks since the middle of April 2020 and I am launching this site (coincidentally) the week that it became mandatory to wear face masks when using public transport. I have been wearing mine to go to the shops now for weeks - here's a pic of me with an early prototype.
The masks sell for £10 with all profits going to NHS Charities. So far I have made over 250, latterly help ed by new recruits Poppy Riddell and Flora Smeeton – we are proud to have raised over £2500.
The money that NHS Charities raises goes to ease financial pressures on the NHS with over £1M given daily. The initial wave of funding since the beginning of the pandemic was used to meet the immediate and urgent needs of staff, volunteers and patients – providing somewhere comfortable so they can take a break, nutritious food and drink, use of electron
ic-tablets so patients, staff and volunteers can stay in contact with loved ones, counselling support to protect mental health and help staff and volunteers process what they are dealing with.
The virus is having a profound impact on every aspect of our communities and NHS Charities are widening the
scope of the support they are providing, to help partnerships outside hospitals, such as hospices, community healthcare and social care, making sure patients returning home have access to the care they need to recover.
They are also working to identify where additional support is most urgently needed by NHS staff, volunteers and patients with a particular focus on support for people who are disproportionately affected by the Covid crisis, such as patients and staff from the BAME communities and high-risk groups like those living with disabilities.