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12-year-old Carlton pupil makes face masks to raise charity cash during lockdown

Megan sewing facemasks

A kind-hearted Carlton le Willows student has put her time in lockdown to good use making face masks – making money for charity in the process

Year 7 Academy student Megan Peckover has spent hours sewing face masks for friends and family – and after a social media shout out has now raised more than £400 for mental health charity Young Minds.

The 12-year-old’s fundraising began when Megan heard schools were starting to re-open to some pupils and decided to make face masks on her sewing machine – using video calls to get instructions from her Nan.

After a couple of friends used her masks and commented on how lovely they were she decided to advertise them – but asking for donations so that all the money could go to charity.

PICTURED: Megan Peckover with some of her completed face masks

Requests came flooding in and since the first social media post three weeks ago Megan has now made 90 masks for family, friends and friends of friends all over the country – raising £400 for Young Minds in the process.

She said: “I never expected to make a lot of money doing this. I just wanted donations for charity.  I chose Young Minds as I wanted the money to go to a mental health charity and one that helps young people, so Young Minds seemed the perfect charity.”

Headteacher Craig Weaver said: “I know that Megan’s family are extremely proud of her – and rightly so. She has worked so hard since lockdown raising money for charity, but at the same time completing all her home learning assignments. She is a credit to Carlton le Willows and a perfect example of all those character traits our school community hold so dear.”