4th November 2020
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.