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WHY volunteer’s hand made face masks raises hundreds

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A WE Hear You (WHY) volunteer has raised over £400 for the charity, selling hand made face masks from outside her home.

Kelly Lewis has made around 400 face masks – and with the wearing of face coverings in shops becoming compulsory from this Friday, 24th July, Kelly is expecting to become even busier!

The money raised from Kelly’s initiative is being donated to WHY, the Frome-based cancer counselling charity that offers support to people affected by cancer across Bath and North East Somerset, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Kelly told Frome Times, “I used to work for WHY and I still volunteer for them now – and I know that they have been struggling since the pandemic started, so I thought was the perfect way to help them.

“During lockdown I have been working from home, and I felt the need to do something during my spare time – I noticed a similar project in Warminster, and as I have been sewing for 10 years, I had fabric lying around that was perfect to make masks.

“It has gone really well so far. My mum has helped me out – and now she has set up a similar project where she lives. And Millie Moon fabric shop in Catherine Hill has helped me with fabric. But with the new law coming this week, I am expecting it to get busier – so if people would like to help, donations of fabric, elastic, and cotton thread would be appreciated – men’s shirts make great face masks!”

Kelly sells her hand made masks from a stall outside her home on Petticoat Lane, Dilton Marsh – from 10am until she sells out. They will also be available from The WHY Gallery, Stony Street.

Kelly said, “I post updates on community Facebook pages – but normally people can find the stall quite easily at the weekend on Petticoat Lane.”

The suggested donation for a face mask is £3, which can be made when picking up a face mask, or online via Kelly’s Go Fund Me page: www.gofundme.com/ f/kelly039s-campaign-for-we-hear-you

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