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Local girl raises £375 for Tadcaster Community Library by making homemade face masks

Abigail began volunteering at the library in May 2019 as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Award, starting with her Bronze then moving on to silver. When the Library had to close in March this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the resourceful student decided to carry on volunteering for the library in a different way.

Tadcaster Echo caught up with Abigail to find out more about her project.

What inspired you to take on this project?
I was inspired by my mum to find a way to continue my DofE while in lockdown. I was getting frustrated about the amount of single-use masks and wanted to help provide more reusable options while raising money for Tadcaster Community Library.

Do you plan to continue to sell the masks in the future?
I am now in Year 11 and need to focus on my studies so I am not able to do as many as I have done previously. I am still doing masks for previous customers that have asked and
some of my friends that wanted one. I was making masks for ‘Shoes at Knaresborough’ to sell in the shop and Tracy, the lovely lady from the shop, keeps in touch and requests more as she needs them.

How much have you raised?
I raised £375 for Tadcaster Community Library and from the masks I have made since handing the money over there is another £23 which I plan to donate to another charity,
just not sure which yet.

Is it easy to make the masks?
I have had a sewing machine for quite a while now so I found it easy but I did improve my method the more I made. “I am surprised I managed to raise so much money, I didn’t think I would make it to £100. I had fun volunteering in the library and I am glad it is going toward something beneficial for the local children.

Sue, Abigail’s mum, told Tadcaster Echo: “Abigail was committed to trying to complete the volunteering section of her Duke of Edinburgh Award as well as doing something to help and benefit others. Being a design and technology teacher myself, I was very impressed with the skill she demonstrated while making the masks, her attention to detail was excellent and she produced a quality finished product.

She has done a fantastic job and I am very proud of her!”

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