Crafty Central England Co-op colleague turns her skills to making face coverings to raise funds for charity

A retail hero who used her crafty skills to knit rainbow badges to show support for keyworkers during the Coronavirus pandemic has now turned her attention to making face coverings to raise money for charity.

Wynn Taylor, Customer Service Assistant at Central England Co-op in Wirksworth, knitted special rainbow badges for colleagues and customers to pay tribute to key workers and for people wanting to show solidarity with NHS workers on the frontline.

After receiving such a positive response to the badges, she has now sewn dozens of face coverings which have been made available in the Harrison Drive Food Store for a donation to the retailer’s charity partner Dementia UK.

Wynn said: “I had the idea to make the face coverings as I had lots of scrap fabric around, so I thought it would be nice to use it to make some face coverings and raise money for Dementia UK.

“They have gone very well. I have made about 50 so far and I’ve been asked to do more so I’m looking for more fabric to keep up!

“It’s something I enjoy doing and I always have something on the go. Before I worked here I worked in factories as a sample machinist, so I’ve always worked with my hands, so it has been nice to use that to do something positive during these uncertain times.

“It has been really nice to hear positive feedback from people about the badges and now the face coverings – I’m glad to do my bit.”

Kevin Tromans, Store Manager at Central England Co-op in Harrison Drive, said the team were proud of Wynn for using her skills to raise money for Dementia UK.

He said: “Wynn has been a shining star and it is great that she has been using her spare time to make these face coverings for colleagues and customers and to raise money for Dementia UK which is a charity we have been delighted to support in store.”