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Garstang woman making face masks for Rosemere after husband’s cancer diagnosis

Posted on - 17th May, 2021 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston News
A batch of Angela's face masks
A batch of Angela’s face masks

Garstang accountant Angela Knowles has given Rosemere Cancer Foundation £500 from the sale of fabric face masks she made during last year’s lockdowns.

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Now, she has a second donation to make from a batch of back-to-school masks which were made earlier in the spring from soft materials so they could be worn all day.

The materials also meet the uniform rules of various local high schools.

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Angela started her mask making at the kitchen table, but now has a permanent sewing desk set up in her study.

She said: “I enjoy making the masks but the best bit is the wonderful feedback I have had from people who have bought them and from the repeat orders, which tell me I must be doing something right!”

Angela makes her masks to an adapted template she found online posted by Patrick Grant, the Savile Row fashion designer, who is one of the judges on the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee – one of Angela’s favourite TV watches, which was also a huge lockdown hit.

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Angela chose to make the masks to raise funds due to her husband Gavin being diagnosed with bowel cancer at just 41.

Angela and her husband Gavin
Angela and her husband Gavin

As part of his treatment, he underwent radiotherapy at Rosemere Cancer Centre, Lancashire and South Cumbria’s regional specialist cancer treatment and radiotherapy centre at the Royal Preston Hospital.

Angela also raised funds for The Christie Hospital in Manchester, Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.

To buy one of Angela’s charity masks, message her via her Facebook page, which is under her name.

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