A group of volunteers based in Cornwall have raised more than £1,500 in just five days as part of a mission to assist care workers and NHS staff by making vital personal protective equipment.
The Cornwall Scrubs and Masks Group was set up by Michèle Poynter, the owner of lingerie and swimwear store Mish, and Lindsay Richards, who runs curtain and blinds business, Linterior Design.
Together, they have raised £1,625 through their GoFundMe page, which was set up on Friday, and their call for help on Facebook has attracted 160 members, including more than 60 local sewers.
In the last four days, they have delivered over 400 masks and sets of scrubs to hospitals and care providers in Cornwall, free of charge.
“It all started because a local GP asked Lindsay if she could make some masks for her and the staff at the practice,” said Poynter.
“Lindsay shared a video of her making masks on her Facebook page, explaining that her store was closed, but she wanted to use her skills to help. I saw the video and thought I could help and make some too.”
The pair received several donations of fabric from a national curtain forum and Mati Rose, another local business owner.
“The Cornwall Scrubs and Masks Group was set up on Facebook on April 1st. I then set up the GoFundMe page, sent out shout-outs to discover who needed what and set up Google Docs so volunteers could add what they had made, what they needed in terms of material and any local requests.
“Lindsay and I now run it between us and we are able to put our business skills to good use by supporting the NHS and other care workers. All masks and scrubs are being provided free of those who need them.”
For more information about the Cornwall Scrubs and Masks Group, click here.
Caption: Michèle Poynter (top left), local GP Dean Marshall (top centre), Andrew from Linterior Design (top right) and GP Beth McCarron and GP Dean Marshall (bottom centre).