Brighton grandmother sews hundreds of masks and raises a fortune
A grandmother from Telscombe Cliffs in Brighton sewed and sold hundreds of masks during lockdown, donating half of the income to us.
71-year-old Jan Wilks got involved in the project when a friend found out that we were short of PPE at our training and rehabilitation centre in Ovingdean. She says: “We knew the care staff and blind veterans needed masks so three of us got together and made 30.
“It made me feel great and I really enjoyed it so I decided to start making more using the material I had in my drawers. I gave them out to friends and I think word got around because Handy Hardware in Rottingdean asked for a couple for when they were doing deliveries.
“Well apparently people kept on asking where they got their lovely masks from, so they came to me and said they would be happy to sell them in the shop for charity. I made a batch and low and behold they quickly sold out. A few batches later and they had sold over 200! I still can’t quite believe it. We made a total of £1,000 which will be split between two local charities, Blind Veterans UK and the Brighton Macmillan Coastal Garden Trail.
“We used to live in Ovingdean so Blind Veterans UK have been part of our lives for over 40 years. I used to have a sewing shop in Rottingdean and it was popular with blind veterans’ wives when they came on holidays at the rehabilitation centre.
“I’m so pleased I decided to get involved with this project. It was so lovely to do something beneficial for a good cause while I was stuck inside during lockdown.”