Lochaber charity turns to festive face masks to boost funds

Laura carefully sews in the Christmas design. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F42 LAD Masks 02
Laura carefully sews in the Christmas design. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F42 LAD Masks 02

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Christmas has come early at the Lochaber Action of Disability (LAD) Cafe in Caol, with the production and sale of festive-themed face masks to raise money for the charity.

Made by manager – and Santa’s little helper – Laura Cheetham, the reuseable masks come in a range of patterns with Christmas trees, reindeer and penguins.

Costing £3.50 each, or three for £10, the masks are already proving popular with 30 sold on the first day, leaving Laura to head back to her sewing machine in ‘Santa’s workshop.

She said: ‘Every year LAD celebrates a ‘Green’ week, encouraging people to recycle and reuse products. With the Covid restrictions, our usual display was going to be difficult and after reading about discarded masks becoming a litter and wildlife problem I came up with the idea of producing the reusable masks.

‘These fit in with our eco activities and with pretty Christmas designs will hopefully encourage people to hang on to them for longer, while also raising much-needed funds for LAD.’

She has also produced a slightly bigger mask which men may find a bit more comfortable to wear.

In light of many shops stocking up early for Christmas in case of more rigid Covid restrictions, this is a good chance to get into the Yuletide spirit with a useful gift while supporting a local charity which helps many people across Lochaber.

Masks can be bought in the cafe at Caol Shopping Centre or by calling 01397 701171.

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Laura carefully sews in the Christmas design. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

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