As the Coronavirus pandemic took off in the UK in Spring 2020, a local doctor came up with an idea to combine fundraising with contributing to reducing the rate of infections in her community.
Having worked as a local GP for many years, Dr Sue Maccallum was keen to promote the use of facemasks from an early stage of the pandemic to reduce the spread of the virus. She dusted down her sewing machine, watched a YouTube video on how to make face masks, gathered what unused sheets, pillowcases and shirts she could find, and set to work.
After recruiting a group of local friends to help as sewing volunteers, they made over 300 face masks for Riverbank Medical Centre to distribute free to patients who arrived for appointments without any form of face covering – at that stage, the medical centre had no spare NHS disposable masks as PPE was in such short supply.
Sue continued making hundreds of face masks to order for friends and family, collecting donations via her JustGiving page – including making around 80 masks in a Crab-themed fabric for staff working at a seafood restaurant in Devon! The whole effort has so far raised around £1,400 to for Midhurst Palliative Care