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Ashton resident making free clear face masks to help the deaf community

Posted on - 2nd July, 2020 - 2:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Charities, Health, People, Preston News
Michelle Carter and her son Red
Michelle with her son Red soon after he was born. Red inspired her to make the masks

A woman from Ashton-on-Ribble has started making masks with clear Perspex windows to help families in the deaf community.

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Michelle Lomas, owner of Red Roux Rouge clothing company got the idea to make the masks because her son, Red, is partially deaf.

Last month, the government ruled that everyone must wear face coverings on public transport to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

However, Michelle was unable to use standard face masks as she relies on lip reading to properly communicate with Red.

The clear Perspex in Michelle’s masks allows people who are hard of hearing to be able to read lips, letting families stay safe whilst still being able to communicate.

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In a Facebook post, Michelle said: “Normal face masks are simply not suitable for people who rely on lip reading to communicate.

“It is so important for deaf families to be able to communicate throughout Covid-19 and this is why Red Roux Rouge are providing deaf/ partially deaf families with free face masks suitable for lip reading.”

Two of the face masks made by Michelle.
Two of the face masks made by Michelle. Pic: Michelle Lomas

“We will prioritise families with deaf children first and provide the masks for adults and the children aged over two years within that family – so that the deaf child can lip read their families to communicate and feel safe, understood and secure.”

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Michelle has decided to supply to families with children first, with a waiting list for adults, and has helped over 100 families so far.

The idea has gone global and Michelle has posted masks to France and Germany as well as helping local families.

The masks are free but Michelle is asking that people donate to the National Children’s Deaf Society.

To be added to the waiting list, email sales@redrouxrouge.co.uk.

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