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A woman from Kenninghall has been putting her sewing skills to good use by selling face masks to raise money for four charities.

Jackie Mitchell, of Banham Road, started making the triple-layered cotton and elasticated masks for her family a fortnight ago – but word of her wizardry soon got around.

The 63-year-old said: “A friend of mine from the north east found out I was making them and asked if I could make some for her daughter, who lives in London, so I did and I sent some up to her, too.

Jackie Mitchell, front, and Alison Holman, with some of the masks which are raising money for Kenninghall Kicking Cancer. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Jackie Mitchell, front, and Alison Holman, with some of the masks which are raising money for Kenninghall Kicking Cancer. Picture: Mark Bullimore

“Then a friend around here asked if I would make some for her and it has gone from there, so I decided from then on to make some and raise money for Kenninghall Kicking Cancer.”

The committee, which started around three years ago, has already given out around £20,000 to its four cancer charities – the Boudicca Appeal at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Priscilla Bacon Lodge Hospice, Marie Curie and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Having been diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago, Mrs Mitchell, who has since been given the all clear, felt she needed to support the cause during the pandemic.

She said: “These cancer charities are very close to my heart.

“What the community has done here since we started the committee, with its support, has been amazing.”

The masks, which take around 25 minutes to make, have proved hugely popular in the village.

Mrs Mitchell has been selling them for £3 each, with £2 covering the cost of materials and the £1 going to the committee.

She said: “I have made £35 for the charities so far and I already have orders for another 30 masks already.

“At the moment, some charities are being a little bit forgotten, so I would like to thank people for donating money and their nice comments about the masks; they are helping Kenninghall Kicking Cancer so much.”

Alison Holman, the committee’s chairman and treasurer, echoed the thoughts of Mrs Mitchell and thanked her and those people buying the masks.

She said: “We did have so many events planned for the summer, but, with the virus, they had to be cancelled.

“So it is great that Jackie has found a different way to raise money and that people are supporting it.



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