Nurse who inspired thousands of protective masks has coronavirus

A carer whose sister has tested positive for coronavirus has made thousands of protective masks for NHS workers.

Becky Blundell from Ellesmere Port began making making masks after her sister Gemma Farr told her about the challenging conditions at work.

As Gemma, a nurse at Ellesmere Port hospital, said that the standard masks hurt her ears, Becky designed a headband with a mask attached to it.

NHS staff across the country have complained about a lack of protective equipment. So far Becky has made 3,500 headbands and plans to make a few thousand more.

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She has been posting them them to hospitals and care homes. Each package costs a minimum of £3.70 to post, but Becky has received donations of over £1,200 after setting up a Go Fund Me page.

Becky told the ECHO that her sister had now tested positive for coronavirus.

Nurses at Ellesmore Port hospital with the masks made by Becky Blundell

She said to the ECHO : "Yes this started when Gemma began complaining that the ordinary masks hurt her ears , particularly toward the end of her shift.

"So I designed a headband with a mask on the front – perfect for NHS staff and people working in care homes. I have made 3,500 and plan to make another 2,500. "

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Gemma Farr with a box of the masks for NHS staff

Becky said that her sister was "tired and weak" and self isolating at home.

She said: "Gemma is isolating at home, She is very tired and weak but not too bad. She suffers from asthma so we have to make sure the Covid does not spread to her lungs."

One of Becky's posts on social media said: "More headbands being sent off this morning This past week we have sent headbands to healthcare workers at Ellesmere Port Hospital, District Nurses, Chester hospital, Clatterbridge Cancer, Arrowe Park, Liverpool Royal, Liverpool Aintree, Liverpool Broadgreen, Wolverhampton Hospital, Newcastle, Swansea, Peterborough, Northampton, Sheffield and London. Tomorrow we are doing drop offs along North Wales."

To support Becky go here.

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