Face Mask Fundraising Reaches an Incredible £5,000 for local charity!

We are proud to share the story of Amanda Arrowsmith, ADEY Human Resources Director, who has been raising money for a local cancer support charity by making stylish homemade face masks.

Amanda began making masks as part of the Gloucestershire Sewing for the NHS volunteer group. As the demand started to increase, she realised she could give a little back to the Charity by making and selling masks in her spare time. Her three layered, washable masks are made in a range of stylish designs and prints - ‘made with love not perfection’.

Amanda is helping raise funds for Focus for an especially important reason, “In November 2019 my partner Anthony was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer. He started Chemotherapy on 23rd December 2019 and the brilliant people at Focus supported us before and throughout; from giving me somewhere to have a private cry to providing invaluable access to resources and information to laughing at our Christmas jumpers and keeping us smiling during a really challenging time. The team made what was a difficult time so much easier. I initially made PICC line covers in modern materials for them to give to other patients, so sewing to support them more makes sense.“

“Anthony continues to receive amazing support from the Oncology and Colorectal teams in Cheltenham and Gloucester having had chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery earlier in 2020 he is now receiving excellent care during his current chemotherapy treatment.” Amanda had initially hoped to raise £250 for the Charity but has already raised an incredible £5,000 so far! “I’ve been blown away with people’s generosity as I was only asking for £5 per mask but so many people have paid over the odds.”

For anyone who would like to buy a mask, Amanda shares her latest designs on her Instagram page @pontecarloblue, on a first come first served basis.

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