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Worthing-based giftware company, Ellie Ellie, is bringing a little positivity to essential outings thanks to a new range of face mask coverings, with a percentage of every sale being donated to St Barnabas House and national charity, NHS Charities Together.
With face masks now a regular feature of daily life and a new norm on public transport, Ellie Ellie’s ‘Positivity Masks’ are designed to promote self-expression amid the pandemic, whilst allowing wearers to make a meaningful contribution to charity at the same time.
Founder and Managing Director of Ellie Ellie, Danielle Plowman, has supported St Barnabas House since 2017 and felt compelled to find a way to raise money after hearing about the hospice’s drop in fundraising income due to COVID-19.
“As a company, our aim has always been to bring people together through all life’s moments, including the most difficult times,” explains Danielle. “So, it became evident early on that we needed to play a part in connecting and helping others during this difficult time.
“A lot of standard face masks which are on the market can actually look quite scary. And like a lot of people, I found that whenever I wore one out to the supermarket I really struggled to convey warmth and friendliness through my eyes alone.
“We wanted to offer an alternative – something that allows people to protect themselves and others, but also spread positivity.
“When I heard how much COVID-19 had impacted St Barnabas and their fundraising income, I knew that I wanted to do something to help. Which is why £1 from every mask sold will be divided between St Barnabas and NHS Charities Together.”
Over the last three years Ellie Ellie has raised over £5,000 for St Barnabas House through overseas treks, fundraising events and team challenges.
Jo Bacon, Corporate Fundraiser at St Barnabas House, says: “We are so thankful for all that Danielle and her team have done, and continue to do to, to support the hospice. Local businesses are coming up with some really innovative ways to fundraise amidst the pandemic and their drive and commitment is helping to ensure that we can continue providing care services in the months ahead.”
Featuring original illustrations and uplifting sentiments like ‘Spread Kindness’, ‘We’re in this Together’ and ‘Keep Smiling’, the Ellie Ellie face masks are available to buy from the company’s website and £1 from every mask sold will be divided between St Barnabas House and NHS Charities Together.
View Ellie Ellie’s Positivity Masks here.