Covid Face covering maker appeals for fabric

A volunteer face covering maker is appealing for extra fabric to help meet the rising demand for anti-Covid masks.

From Friday July 24th the wearing of face coverings becomes compulsory in shops and supermarkets. If you don’t wear one it’s likely you will be refused entry. The full guidance is here. Police have powers to issue £100 fines to enforce the rules.

Claire Ede, who lives in Great Bookham, has been making masks at home for several weeks.  But she now needs more, good quality, clean fabric and more mask makers to keep up with demand.

“I love working with fun and colourful patterned fabric,” says Claire. "I am looking for donations of good quality clean fabric which I can use as a top outer layer."

“Donations of fabric or 2-3mm milliners/hat elastic, if anyone has any, can be left in a bag on my doorstep at 18 Hale Pit Road, Great Bookham, and would be much appreciated."

Some of the colourful fabrics used by Claire Ede

If you would like to have one of Claire’s masks, they are available from her home – displayed on the hedge outside. There is no charge, but she has a box on her doorstep for non-perishable food donations to the Community Fridge charity.

If you would like to make a cash donation instead, for the purchase of materials, please put cheques or notes in an envelope and post through the letter box.

Claire, who also volunteers as a Cub Scout leader at 1st Dorking Scout Group, is looking to expand her team of sewers.  If you would like to help, please contact Claire at claireeede123@gmail.com

You can also order masks at Claire’s Facebook page Great Bookham Mask Tree.

Masks on display in Hale Pit Road, Great Bookham

All her masks are re-usable and washable and environmentally friendly.

Claire, who grew up in Fetcham, says she is also looking for donations to buy a machine which will cut out shapes, allowing her to increase output.

Masks made by volunteers, including WI groups in Fetcham and Bookham, are also available to buy at the Wishing Well gift shop in Bookham. 

A range of masks is also available at Contact Cards at Fetcham village shops.

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