Shelagh’s Sewing Circle is a group of 150+ volunteers based in Dronfield/S.Sheffield area who are currently making & distributing free face masks to a wide range of health, voluntary & charity organisation.
Our initial priorities have been surgeries, care homes & health professionals, but as capacity grew, we broadened out to nurseries & other priority key workers, like charities in contact with vulnerable groups & 3rd sector organisations needing to supplement their PPE.
As of last night we have made and distributed nearly 30.000 masks, mostly to the Dronfield, South Sheffield, Chesterfield, S.Yorkshire & NE Derbyshire areas, but word of mouth, appearances on local radio & TV (Look North & Calender News) & support from Patrick Grant of Sewing Bee has resulted in orders from wider care homes & key workers across the country, including London, Norwich, Liverpool & Scotland!!
The masks are completely free and are being made from donated goods. They were originally produced in consultation with local health professionals and are washable for cleansing, although steaming with a hot iron can sterilises them between contacts.
You can find more information by looking at our website Shelaghssewingcircle.org.uk. People who are interested in getting some of these free masks can order them via this website.