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Durham Rotary Clubs Face Mask Initiative

8th Jul 2020
Durham Rotary Clubs Face Mask Initiative
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Rotary Clubs of Durham received a £250 donation from the Freemen’s Charitable Trust, to support their initiative to make and deliver face masks to local Food Banks and vulnerable individuals within the community.

The initiative is coordinated by Tom Sharples Community Chair of Durham Elvet Rotary, who with a small group of dedicated volunteers, are becoming proficient machinists as they produce hundreds of face masks.

The Freemen’s donation will go towards the purchase of fabric and elastic to enable them to continue with their project.

Tom, who can be contacted by :

telephone: 07538942129 or email:,

will be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer to support the project, or who can provide details of any vulnerable groups/individuals within the community who would like face masks.

The Freemen welcome the opportunity to congratulate Tom and his volunteers together with Durham Rotary, for their initiative in supporting the community in these challenging times.

An attractive collage of face masks produced by the Tom is set out below.