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Elaine’s idea branches out to Attleborough mask tree

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A very special tree has sprung up outside an Attleborough home to help families stay safe.

Elaine Day used the front garden of her home in Sunart Close to construct a ‘mask tree’, with surgical and material masks pegged to it and available for passers-by to take – either for free or in exchange for a donation to Banham Zoo.

The mother-of-three, who started the fundraiser two weeks ago, said: “I saw a Facebook post where people were clipping masks to trees around their area for people to find, a little like painted stones.

Elaine Day with the mask tree at her home. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Elaine Day with the mask tree at her home. Picture: Mark Bullimore

“So I spoke to my mother-in-law about the idea and she gave me a light-up tree. It has gone from there.”

Miss Day co-created a Facebook group, A Little More Kindness, with her friend Sarah Huddlestone to bring the community together during lockdown and feels the mask tree is the next step in continuing that goodwill.

The 36-year-old home carer said: “The group has nearly 1,500 members and the response has been amazing.

“On Saturday, which has been the best day for the tree so far, I could not keep up with demand and stock the tree quickly enough.”

Miss Day, her mum, Susan, and other members of the group have been making five different sized masks for the tree, with £200 raised so far for Banham Zoo.

Miss Day said: “The page has made £800 in total, so I want to say a big thank you to everybody.

“I grew up in Attleborough and Banham Zoo has always been a big attraction for the area; seeing it struggle has been hard.

“We had to do something and I am so happy others who feel the same have donated.”

If you can help Elaine by making more masks for the tree, contact the A Little More Kindness Facebook page.

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