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Hospitality Student makes Face Masks in aid of the British Royal Legion

Since the start of term York College Professional Cookery student Charlie Nelson has been busy making more than 200 poppy-themed face masks, raising over £600 for the Royal British Legion.

Charlie has grown up on army bases and until a couple of years ago regularly took part in the Armistice Day parade in the City. Her mother is a Community Support Worker in the Army, and Charlie enjoys helping her at children’s events at Strensall Barracks. She feels a real affinity with the Army and is especially proud that her great-grandparents were in World War II.

Charlie explains: “This year the COVID pandemic is affecting so many charities and I wanted to do my bit to help the Royal British Legion with their Poppy Day fundraising appeal. Mum and I took it upon ourselves to order four different poppy-themed fabrics and set about making as many facemasks as we could, then advertising them on Facebook. Each mask takes about ten minutes to make - so far we have made 200 masks, raising £600, and orders are still coming in. COVID-19 is making life difficult for everyone at the moment and I hope that by making these facemasks I am helping to keep people safe, whilst also doing my bit to make a difference to the lives of those in the Armed Forces community.”

Charlie is working hard on the Level 2 Professional Cookery course at York College and hopes to work in the hospitality industry in the future.

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