So, it turns out that if you Google ‘lady garden masks’ you see things that you’ll never be able to un-see and even more so if you search ‘lady garden coverings’ so I’d thoroughly recommend that you follow the links here instead :-)). I love the story behind these masks which are being sold to raise funds for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity’s Emergency Appeal.
Within that broad title is the newly created ‘Fighting Fund’ which supports both staff and patients who are still working to capacity.
The Foundation has teamed up with Sera of London (super-swanky interiors brand) to create face coverings (they’re not medical grade masks) using a collection of Laura Ashley fabrics. These are donated by Maureen Baker, now a seamstress for Sera, but previously Head Seamstress for Hardy Amies (he was a great friend of my dad so I wonder if their paths ever crossed) who is making each set herself. That’s a fabric collection I’d love to see! All the profits go to the Royal Marsden and a set of 3 is £30 – and children’s sets are available, too.
They’re machine washable – or hand washable, obviously. If you’re wondering who the familiar looking model is – yes, Tamara Beckwith Veroni, co-founder of The Lady Garden Foundation. Well connected coverings indeed :-). So head HERE to the connect page and drop them an email if you’d like to buy some masks.