Amazing we have 120+ volunteers sewing in Ilkley. Thats stunning. 500+ sets completed so far, and 1000 Face Coverings.
We are now making face masks as well. There are 14,000 people living in Ilkley. Whilst many will make / buy their own we are making masks to be provided in locations around Ilkley for those that don't have access to a mask. Please use material you have at home, there is some at Amandas. There are elastic hair ties there too (1000) or do ask your family and friends if they have spares. Alternatively you can make ties. Hang onto your masks for now and we will tell you where the collection points are so you can drop them off directly (likely to be supermarkets)
All face masks are popped singly into a paper bag with a note on it from Ilkley Covid Response Group identifying that these re a gift from us; you can donate (and link provided); please follow government guidance (with the link); stay 2m apart. All stores are providing masks to be used in store (single use disposable) BUT they do want a more permanent solution. We have distributed to the Foodbank, Ilkley Good Neighbours and Tescos & Booths (at customer services).
They are very grateful as particularly the elderly coming to Tescos and Booths wont have the resources to get masks. Distribution points make it clear these are not provided by the store, but by us. We are providing a sign explaining this. They will provide a box for our face coverings so that they are clearly not provided by the store.
So please can you drop made face masks to 30 nelson rd, LS29 8HN - There will be box for them in the front garden.
It was lovely to have such a warm reception to our offer. We will 'top up' as per demand and I will keep in touch re how many we are making/ donating.
Face Mask Pattern and download link below as well as 'how too' video
TOP TIPS IN PICTURES
Some tips for Sewing V neck, Drawstring and Layouts and pockets
If you can't sew scrubs you can sew bags to keep them in. You can find a pattern for bags as well as more patterns for scrubs here or you can make 'pump bags' out of pillowcases (much easier than this pattern). It just needs to be material that can go into the washing machine with the scrubs.
And the Families....
This is some of the beginning of our coffee chat (sorry I'll remember to record from the start next time!)
And this is a section with some good Q&A with the GP
And the machines - many of which have names....Mrs Jones, Westminster