Staff raise thousands for charity

Masks made and sold by two Headington staff members have raised thousands of pounds for charity.

Mrs Emily Mason and Miss Anisha Charania have sewed and sold more than 2,300 masks since the beginning of the pandemic, raising in excess of £2,855 for multiple charities.

The pair began sewing them for their friends and families free of charge at the beginning of lockdown. However, they soon realised that their pieces were in high demand.

From there they decided to spend their free time creating more and more so that they could sell them and raise money for their selected charities. While each mask originally netted 75p for the causes, Mrs Mason and Miss Charania decided to increase the price to £3 per mask from September to allow more money to go to charity.

Charities supported include:

Breast Cancer Research

Oxford Food Bank

Dementia UK

Fullbrook Centre at the Churchill Hospital

The Brain Tumour Charity

The Flipiflopi (charity removing plastic from the ocean)

Duke of Edinburgh Award Sponsor a Child

Helen & Douglas House

The fabric (apart from Christmas fabric) was bought from charity shops and upcycled. Many of the masks were returned to one of the charity shops, Helen & Douglas House, where they were able to sell the masks and keep all money earned from sales.

Mrs Mason said: “The support from Headington Senior and Prep School and the local Oxford community has been amazing and we are literally making masks every evening and weekends too! It’s lovely to see so many people wearing our masks wherever we go.”