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Charity support through eye of a needle

Post on 12th November 2020

Rosalie Roe, an optometrist from our Broadstone branch, who turned her sewing skills to making face masks in her spare time has raised more than £700 so far for our chosen charity, Alzheimer’s Society!

Rosalie’s handiwork is much in demand, with people visiting the store to choose from a variety of colourful coverings in return for a donation to the charity.

The face masks include some with clear panels to help people who rely on lip reading and ones with fastenings for customers who wear behind the ear hearing aids; as standard coverings are more likely to pull the aids off.

The mask making started at home during lockdown to help family, friends and neighbours face the coronavirus pandemic.  As word has spread it has grown into something of a cottage industry with more than 650 masks made so far!

Rosalie, whose interest in sewing and crafts started as a child, said: “I use fabrics which have been given to me and buy the nose wires and elastic. I am amazed at how popular the masks have become. I will carry on making them as long as the demand is there and to support Alzheimer’s Society, which is the chosen charity of Scrivens and a cause affecting so many families in our community.”