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Melissa Santiago-Val

Melissa Santiago-Val is crowdfunding

raised of £15,000 target by 954 supporters

Weʼre raising £15,000 to pay for masks made by volunteers, and support Sew Positive, a new charity bringing our communities together through sewing.

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CommunityMasks4NHS raised an incredible £40,000 for NHS Charities Together. With this huge success, and the emerging mental health crisis from the pandemic, this has evolved to Sew Positive, a new charity to support people facing social isolation and bring our communities together through sewing.

Please donate for your masks to support us as we set up our new charity, and help us fundraise to deliver our services to vulnerable groups.

Sew Positive will provide:

• Sewing workshops for people facing social exclusion, including people facing unemployment, financial hardship, ill health, poor education or discrimination.

• Products for sale made by our team of wonderful volunteers to fundraise to deliver our services.

• A variety of community virtual groups for isolated people to share their sewing and craft projects with each other.

We will continue to make masks as volunteers and sell them to support the set up of the charity on THIS page.

1) Your payment of £5 per mask should now come to Sew Positive on this site.

2) For postage, please donate an extra £2 on top of your order cost for 1-6 masks, or £3 per order for 7 masks or over.

3) Click on the 'Sew Positive - Order Form' link below to complete the ORDER FORM once you have donated to this JustGiving page:

Sew Positive - Order Form

Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments, support and fantastic donations of money, time, fabric during our work for CommunityMasks4NHS. It's amazing what we can do together. Sew Positive will continue as a result of this, and address the evolving issues of social isolation as we move forward.

Melissa and the team

Sew Positive

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  • Melissa Santiago-Val8 months ago
    Melissa Santiago-Val

    Melissa Santiago-Val

    8 months ago

    Janome, the brand leader for sewing machines in the UK, has generously donated 7 sewing machines to Sew Positive! This is in a collaboration with The Cambridge Fabric Company and MAKE Cambridge to enable Sew Positive to run workshops to help bring communities together through sewing. Melissa suggested donating the older machines as an ideal way to support their fledgling charity, while also supporting The Cambridge Fabric Company and MAKE Cambridge. We can't wait to use them in our workshops!

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  • Melissa Santiago-Val1 year ago
    Melissa Santiago-Val

    Melissa Santiago-Val

    1 year ago

    Nestled in a 'secret garden' next to the village coffee shop, Melissa discovered an inspiring charity, which also uses sewing to turn around lives. Theodore Menelik-Mfuni is founder and director of Menelik Education UK, helping vulnerable women and girls who have experienced sexual violence or domestic abuse. They develop skills to support financial independence, including sewing using African waxed fabrics. The partnership with Sew Positive will supply fabrics at a discount to help women lead a sustainable life.

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  • Melissa Santiago-Val1 year ago
    Melissa Santiago-Val

    Melissa Santiago-Val

    1 year ago

    JUST ARRIVED! Our bees have been busy making limited edition adult sized Harry Potter masks for you. As they are a short run, you can buy them only in sets of 3, and they also come with a handy storage/washbag for you to keep them in, made from other upcycled fabrics! 1 set x 3 masks and a bag £12 (normally £18). You can buy up to two multiple sets, which will be a mixture of the designs below. There are only 50 Harry Potter sets available - first come first served!

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1 year ago

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Page last updated on: 6/22/2021 08.28



  • Pippa Nicolle

    Pippa Nicolle

    Jun 22, 2021


  • Jane Hawking

    Jane Hawking

    Jun 17, 2021

    Thank you for a lovely mask. What a clever idea! Good luck with the fund-raising

  • Caroline Lloyd-Evans

    Caroline Lloyd-Evans

    Jun 14, 2021

    You are an inspiration and we all admire you Melissa and sewing bees. Keep going with your brilliant and uplifting work. Buzz buzz buzz!!!

  • Anonymous


    Jun 7, 2021

    Great work and great masks!


  • Lucy Spokes

    Lucy Spokes

    Jun 3, 2021


  • Julia Griffen

    Julia Griffen

    May 26, 2021


  • Elly Hiby

    Elly Hiby

    May 22, 2021

    For 3 masks plus postage, plus some extra because I think you are fab!


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Melissa Santiago-Val

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Melissa Santiago-Val originally partnered with Jane Horwood as CommunityMasks4NHS, a fundraiser for the NHS. With this huge success, this has evolved to Sew Positive, to bring our communities together and support vulnerable groups who are socially excluded through sewing.

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