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Stafford mum raises thousands for charity with homemade face masks

Becky Armstrong has been making masks for donations to the House of Bread in Stafford

A Stafford mother has been raising money for the House of Bread foodbank by making face masks at home.

Becky Armstrong, like many other people in these times, felt the need to be wearing a mask while she was outside her home during the pandemic.

At first she began using scarves to cover her face, but soon found that it wasn't practical to keep using them so decided to make her own using a sewing machine she had.

Friends and family were complimenting her the quality of the mask she had made and so she started making more.

When people began stopping her in the street to ask where she bought the mask, Becky knew she was on to something.

But, she decided rather profit out of making masks, she would instead ask people to make a donation to a local charity by giving whatever they could afford in return for a mask.

Becky has now raised nearly £2,000 for the House of Bread foodbank in Stafford, and people have been busy donating materials so that she can continue to make the masks during the lockdown.

Becky told Signal News: "Looking after a pre-schooler is hard at the best of times, but when you are restricted to where you can go, it does get you down a bit.

"I felt regimented, for want of a better word, so to have something that gives me a bit of direction, it feels good.

"My little boy loves helping as well.

"It's been really nice to have a bit of direction and something that makes me feel good.

"When this is over hopefully I can hold my head up and say I helped when things were bad." 

If you would like to find out more about Becky's masks please visit her Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/sewingforfood/

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