"My name is Ally Elouise, I run a not-for-profit organisation called Prom Ally which offers the free loan of prom dresses or suits to young people suffering financial hardship.
Since I started working with dresses, I always wished I could sew in order to adjust and mend them. Last Christmas I received my first sewing machine and some books to help me learn to use it. I was however so busy with Prom Ally that I never got the chance to. The Covid-19 outbreak has resulted in us all being stuck at home in lockdown as well as the school proms being cancelled or postponed for the foreseeable future. I decided to use this time to finally teach myself to sew and thought it would be helpful to make DIY face masks. So far, I have donated around 150 and have been asked to make lots more. They have so far been sent to care home staff, school staff, individuals and people volunteering as paramedics, at food banks or helping vulnerable members of our community. I think that the demand for these home-made face coverings is going to keep getting higher and higher as people are returning to work and trying to adjust to the new normal. I think it's important that these DIY masks are being offered out to ensure that the clinical and professional masks are saved for those working on the NHS or on the frontline.
All in all, I've really enjoyed learning this new skill during lockdown and am so happy that I'm able to help people and do my part during the pandemic!"