Donations of double-ply masks gratefully accepted
All members of the public coming into our hospitals are now required to wear a face-covering upon entering the hospital environment.
We are pleased to share that we are now accepting donations of Double-ply fabric masks to be donated to the hospital which we can offer as an alternative to disposable masks provided by the hospital. Guidance has been provided by the government on how to make these masks, which can be found below.
We are keen to stress that donated masks will not replace the use of any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our staff, who follow our own clear policies on masks.
According to scientific studies; Double-ply face masks can slow the spread of Covid-19 transmission and help asymptomatic individuals prevent transmitting it to others. We believe building a healthy supply of fabric masks within our hospital will be beneficial as:
- It will provide an alternative for people who do not have their own face coverings and/or would not like to wear a paper mask provided
- It repurposes unwanted clothing and other fabric items that may otherwise end up in landfill
- The reusable nature means that it can be taken home and washed and reused in the community where necessary
Each donated face-covering will be gifted to one individual. They will not be transferable or shareable.
How to make one
Guidance on how to make a Sewn cloth Double-ply face mask is provided on the Gov.uk website here: www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering) and it only requires the items seen in the graphic below.
Alternatively, video tutorials on how to make Double-ply masks are listed below:
- Standard double-ply mask (no sewing machine necessary): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRfhuRNua_E
- Pleated double-ply mask (sewing machine required) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6xtdrrAvlM
Once created, we would like to ask you to send or deliver in a sealed transparent bag to the Volunteers Office at Worcestershire Royal Hospital or David Ryan at the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch. We will then distribute to those who need it.
If you or your family are shielding and wanting to participate, please contact us and we can link you up with “Here 2 Help” to collect from your house.