Face masks sewn by local community volunteers are set to be delivered with food parcels.
The packages are to be given to those in financial hardship across Preston, helping people stay safe during the pandemic.
Patrick Grant – of BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee fame and the Big Community Sew project – arranged for Cookson & Clegg in Blackburn to source and cut the fabric for the masks.
2,000 masks will be produced.
They also sourced sponsorship for the project from Preston born entrepreneur, Luke Smith and his digital marketing agency, Croud.
Patrick was glad to have the opportunity to help with such a worthwhile local project.
He said: “These local volunteers were happy to put their sewing skills to use and in doing so they have helped to support some of the most vulnerable people in their community.
“I applaud and thank them for their efforts and appreciate the work Preston City Council are doing to distribute these face masks to those most in need.”
Jenny from Cookson & Clegg and Jane, a resident from Preston, has worked with the Council’s Community Engagement team to develop the project.
Jane helped to co-ordinate everything – from getting the templates and fabric to the number of people in the community doing the sewing of the face masks, to speaking to everyone involved and keeping things on track.
Staff from Preston’s College have also supported Jane in making a large number of masks.
Councillor Nweeda Khan, Cabinet member for communities and social justice, said: “This is an example of great partnership working between businesses and communities to help those in financial hardship in Preston access essential face coverings.
“I knew we had fantastic communities across the city, and this year has brought out the best in them.
“People from all sectors of our communities have stepped up and volunteered their time to help and it makes me really proud to represent the city. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved.”
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