The SouthMasks CV19 Support Group

See website to connect with the Group for anyone wishing to help by donating materials, joining the sewing group or needing PPE themselves.  There is also a Facebook page here:

The recently-formed Wessex Academic Health Sciences Centre (WAHSC) funded this project at its launch in May 2020.  Tammy Thomas is the Chair and Founder member of the SouthMasks Group.  She is SNIFSII Trial Manager in Medicine at the University of Southampton.

Since launch, the SouthMasks CV19 Support Group has processed over 1,600 orders for face masks and other personal protection equipment (PPE), fulfilling requests from across individuals and organisations in Southampton as well as hospitals in Middlesex, Chichester and Salisbury.

The Group received £500 from the WAHSC to produce face masks for key workers in the community, thanks to a proposal submitted by Professor Roxanne Carare ( in the University of Southampton’s Faculty of Medicine. The Group now has an extensive network of sewing volunteers across the community but is in need of delivery drivers to collect and redistribute materials, donations of unwanted fabrics (curtains, bed sheets, duvet covers, t-shirts, etc) and more sewing volunteers to keep up as request continue to arrive.