Bridal designer from Lancashire turns hand to face coverings to support NHS hospital charity

A leading bridal designer from Lancashire has teamed up with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity to design branded face coverings.

With over 20 years’ experience creating bespoke wedding dresses, Jennifer Pritchard Couchman, owner of Sketch My Dress, in Lancaster, wanted to put her talents to use during the Covid-19 pandemic by offering to support the Trust’s Charity with her illustrative creativity.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity helps to raise vital funds to ensure Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble Hospitals are equipped with the very latest in technology, enable vital research and help make a visit to hospital more comfortable for patients and their families.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the Trust’s Charity has been overwhelmed by the goodwill received from local businesses and members of the community, with Jennifer’s support being the latest act of generosity.

The face coverings, which are made from soft premium 100% cotton, are available in both children and adult sizes and cost between £5-7. For every mask sold, £2 will be donated to the Trust’s Charity.

Bridal dress designer, Jennifer Couchman, said: “As a local business owner, I have experienced first-hand the devastation the pandemic has caused. It was through seeing the dedication and hard work of our frontline NHS staff that I was inspired to help my local hospital Trust and give something back as a small token of thanks.”

Paula Wilson, Head of Charities and Fundraising for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has affected many of our local businesses, and we are so grateful to Jennifer, who has turned her creative hands to help support our cause, despite her own struggle to stay afloat. Jennifer has created a really lovely design using our distinctive colours which are both bright and cheery, just what we all need at the moment.”

The new face coverings in support of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Charity are available to buy here.