Councillor makes masks for key workers and community members
PUBLISHED: 13:29 09 April 2020 | UPDATED: 13:34 09 April 2020
A town councillor is making masks and scrub bags for key workers and members of the community amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Emily Lightfoot, Downham Market town councillor, has been supporting vulnerable people with shopping in light of the coronavirus pandemic but felt she needed to do more to help in her community.
The 56-year-old, who refashions unwanted clothes, initially supplied items for volunteers at the Covid-19 Downham Market Mutual Aid group following a shortage of protective equipment and has since had requests for masks from key workers at Bridge Street Surgery and members of the public. MORE: Restaurant donates meals to staff at Norfolk hospital
Ms Lightfoot said: “I already create clothes from unwanted ones and as I have the equipment I thought I could do more.
“My daughter, who is a scientist, told me that we should wear masks despite the government’s current guidelines.
“The masks are made from recycled fabric. I use a layer of interfacing as that adds a bit more protection.
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“But they will not offer 100pc protection against covid-19, my research says around 75pc against droplets.”
The councillor is making them free of charge but said if people want to they can donate to the Great British Camp Out for NHS Staff.
Ms Lightfoot is asking for donations of lightweight or medium weight interfacing to continue making masks.
To donate contact Downham Market town council on 01553 630655.
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