Face Masks For Charity

10th October 2020

 

Like all societies and clubs the Lions have had their fundraising severely restricted by the Coronavirus epidemic.

Pat Bray is the wife of the Camborne Redruth Lion Paul Bray.

One of Pat Bray’s many skills is sewing and at the very beginning of the ‘Lock Down’ back in March 2020 she had the idea of making face masks for her family.

Pat’s masks were so successful that she was soon making them for family, friends, neighbours and some local shops.

Pat's cousin works for Cornwall Care, so Pat started making masks for the staff until PPE rules came into force which meant that she could no longer supply that outlet.

By this time Pat had made some 300 face masks and her store of material was nearly exhausted. She decided to approach the Lions with a Fund raising idea.

Like all societies and clubs the Lions have had their fundraising severely restricted by the Coronavirus epidemic. Pat’s solution to the Lion’s fund raising and her desire to help people in need was to make a very reasonable priced £1 face mask to sell to the public. All profits to go to charity to cover the cost of material.

For an outlet to her mask sales Pat approached the Health Foods Shop in Bond Street, Redruth and, without hesitation, they agreed to sell the masks from inside their shop on the counter. All went well until someone stole the Lions collecting box along with its £50 contents. The Health Shop staff and Pat were devastated by this loss. However an unknown person, hearing of the theft, sent in a donation to cover the loss. With more and more demand for the masks and due to having to buy material the price was increased to £2.

To date Pat has made 2020 masks and has raised £2000. This amount has been donated equally between the Lion’s Charity account and Children’s Hospice SW.

As well as continuing to make masks for the Lions charity Pat is also going to manufacture Poppy Day masks. These will also be on sale at the Health shop Bond Street Redruth and all profits from those sales will go to the British Legion Poppy Appeal.

A £1000 cheque was presented to Pat Congdon (representing Children’s Hospice SW) by Lion President David Broadhurst who also presented Lion’s Appreciation Certificates to the Health Shop and Pat Bray


Pat Bray



Presentation of £1000 cheque

From left to right: - Karen (Health Shop) Lion President David Broadhurst, Pat Congdon (Children’s Hospice SW) and Pat Bray

Presentation of Appreciation Certificate

From left to right: - Lion President David Broadhurst, Pat Bray and Lion Paul Bray

Presentation of Appreciation Certificate

From left to right: - Lion President David Broadhurst, Karen and Kath (Health Shop) and Pat Bray

Presentation of Cheque & Certificates

From left to right: - Lion President David Broadhurst, Pat Bray, Pat Congdon (Children’s Hospice SW & Karen (Health Shop