COVID-19 Face masks

When Emma Whitton, a teacher at Boston High School, asked for help and support in making Face Masks for key services. We at Boston Big Local happily replied to her request.

At our panel meeting, we all agreed to set funding aside that Emma could use as she required to purchase the materials she needed.

Due to the unusual circumstances that we found ourself in, we were extremely flexible, as is our strength, in how we got the material to Emma as quickly as she needed it.

Emma keeps everybody informed with her Facebook updates and emails as you can see below:

The email below was received by BBL on the 14th May 2020:

Hi Katy [Our BBL Plan Coordinator],

We have now made 3,200 visors and utilised all of the material purchase. I have circa 150 not allocated and will do so as they are requested. I think we are at the tail end of our requests for keyworkers and have supported:

  • Hospital wards
  • GP surgeries
  • Pharmacies
  • Emergency dentists
  • Large quantities of care homes
  • Home carer companies
  • Hospices
  • 2 schools

have taken a majority of our supplies.

I feel we are now at the tail end, I do anticipate that as business tend to find a path forward to operate safely we may experience some further requests. For example, a preschool has contacted me this morning and the local spar shop.


We are extremely pleased to have been able to facilitate this project and would like to say a huge thank you to Emma and everybody who supported her in doing this most amazing project.