Weʼre raising £10,000 to buy fabric, supplies and costs of voluntarily producing face masks for essential workers whose jobs have become extraordinarily challenging.
- Atom 443 New Cross Road. London SE14 6TA
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Collective in South East London making fabulous funky free washable face masks for key workers whose jobs have become extraordinarily challenging.
People with what were considered until very recently as normal under-valued jobs have found themselves to be key workers facing extraordinary challenges, that they never signed up or were trained for.
Corinne McManus has been running her textile design company, Atom Designs, for over 30 years providing prints to fashion and sports brands around the world. Even before the lockdown occurred, her company, reliant on international travel, was one of the first to feel clients closing their doors to all visitors. But instead of hanging her head she got busy, taking the 100s of spare unique fabric samples that they had and started transforming them into free colourful patterned face masks for key workers or whatever you want to call them.
In a just over a week we've delivered over 500 masks, with 320 so far going to bus drivers in New Cross and Greenwich bus garages, and have over a thousand masks being made by an amazing collective of 50+ sewers and plenty of others volunteering to keep it going.
We've cut up all the fabric we can afford to cut and bought some fabulous African fabrics for the next batch ourselves. We've received and are receiving amazing fabric donations but to make more masks, which we're all going to need, we'll need some financial resources too, please. Every little bit helps as every mask helps. If, when this is over, we have money left over it will be donated to local charities. Thank you for helping.
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Jan 11, 2021
wish you’d told me earlier ! well doneRobert x
Jan 8, 2021
Love your work and very happy to support. Excellent response to Food2You in Lewisham - thank you!
Dec 2, 2020
I was given your name by my colleague Aisha Gill as I was really impressed with your donation for the masks to be given to women in need. thanks you for all that you do.Ann David
Nov 17, 2020
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Sep 12, 2020
Thank you corrine and ben and everyone else who is hard at work keeping us all safer!
Aug 5, 2020
Corinne, you and your team are an inspiration to all of us.