Lyn’s masks raise funds for Cawston Church
A Cawston churchwarden has raised thousands of pounds for her parish church by making and selling face masks during the pandemic.
Lyn Fairchild, churchwarden at Saint Agnes in Cawston, made over 1500 face masks over the last year, enabling her to give nearly £6000 to the church from the donations she received.
Mrs Fairchild, a retired hairdresser, said "I have also been delighted to supply sets of liturgical coloured masks - red, green, white, black and purple - to the bishops of Norwich, Lynn and Thetford in addition to the dean of Norwich as well our archdeacon and the rectors in the Aylsham and District Team Ministry.”
Lyn said she had made a further supply of masks for Norwich-based St Martins Housing Trust, and 150 for a north London food hub which her daughter works with. Her masks have included many with themes, which have included New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, a tribute to the NHS, Easter and May Day. She is now working on a summer theme.
Cawston group team vicar, Revd Andrew Whitehead, said "All of the churches have really struggled in the past year. We rely on community fundraising, and without all the village fetes, coffee mornings and other events we usually have to raise money we have been running a real deficit. Lyn's efforts in making all these masks have made all the difference. She was quick to get the bit between her teeth, as it were, and find something that would not only occupy her during lockdown but also raise some funds for the church.
"In the context of the pandemic it has been fantastic. It has meant we were able to make headway against our target for last year and it has given us a head start for this year. And she tells me she has enjoyed every minute of it."
The pictures are courtesy of Alan Fairchild
This story first appeared in the Eastern Daily Press.
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