12 Jun Sewing Rooms creates facemasks for the public
After a fall in business due to the COVID-19 pandemic The Sewing Rooms has responded by diversifying from its usual commercial offering to producing a line of facemasks for the general public to both help the community and to bring their staff back from furlough.
Paula and her team started creating a production line of non-surgical facemasks for the general public which are made with certified virus-resistant Panaz Shield Plus Technology, meaning they can be worn and washed many times. This has enabled them to bring staff back from furlough and help protect the local community, with the help of an £8k of grant from Livv Investment.
Paula Gamester, from The Sewing Rooms said:
We’ve been making them (face masks) for food banks, taxi drivers and care homes that couldn’t get their hands on PPE. We’ve managed to source material that’s Anti-Microbial, which is effective against COVID-19 as well as being washable and re-useable - we also put a lot of effort into making these masks comfortable and easy to wear. We’ve had orders from national charities and it’s really ramping up.
The Sewing Rooms has the capacity to create 10,000 of these masks, helping to protect the community without using surgical masks that are still needed for NHS and care staff.
Léann Hearne, Group Chief Executive Officer at Livv Housing Group, said:
We’re incredibly proud of the community work done by The Sewing Rooms and the social impact our past investments have helped them to make. Like most businesses, they have been affected by the lockdown, but have managed to turn it into a positive for the community again with this new crowdfunding project.
You can find out more about this initiative from The Sewing Rooms and donate to receive your face masks here – http://www.the-sewing-rooms.co.uk/crowdfunding/