Daughter’s fundraising efforts in memory of dad

Having decided to put her sewing skills to good use Charlotte MacDonald has made 185 fabric face masks and raised more than £900 for St Nicholas Hospice Care.

Charlotte was spurred on to raise funds in memory of her dad, Anthony King, who was cared for on the hospice’s Sylvan Ward for a short time before his death on May 25.

Charlotte said: “I started by making myself, my husband and mum one, then a few friends wanted one, so it spiralled from there. I wanted to raise money for St Nicholas Hospice and thought this could be a good way to put my skills to use and help others.

“As I was on furlough from work, I undertook this project during my baby’s nap time. I posted my progress on social media and I had a steady amount of orders.”

When the government announced it would become mandatory to wear either a face mask or covering in shops, Charlotte saw her orders soar with 40 placed in just one day.

With her sewing machine out of action, Charlotte borrowed another from a friend and with her husband looking after their daughter in the evenings, Charlotte’s stitching continued.

Having battled cancer for two years, Charlotte was unable to see her father for the last two months of his life due to the lockdown caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

She said: “I wasn’t able to see dad for the last two months of his life because of lockdown. St Nicholas Hospice was always happy to talk on the phone, pass on messages to him from us, and were there as support when he passed away.

“The chaplain visited dad several times. She gave mum and dad a knitted heart, and she was with us after he passed away. This was such a personal touch to us as a family. We are grateful to the hospice for making dad’s last weeks’ comfortable and the support we were offered after.”

All the funds raised by Charlotte, a total of £909, will be used by the charity to support those living with dying, caring and grief.

George Chilvers, the hospice’s community fundraising manager, said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to Charlotte for her kindness at such a difficult time. Her fundraising efforts will mean other families will have the chance to receive the same care and support that we were able to offer to her loved ones.”

Pictured above is Charlotte MacDonald who has raised more than £900 for St Nicholas Hospice Care by making fabric face masks.

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