Chorleywood-based creative producer Alice Parsons is volunteering for Asks for Masks charity whilst being furloughed from her job.
The online auction was the inspiration of doctor Katie Sanderson, who works on a COVID ward in a London hospital, she is raising money for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
The first Asks for Masks fundraising auction, which took place on May 14, delivered a remarkable £42,386.92 to provide PPE directly to frontline carers, a second auction took place on May 21 and at the time of writing there are plans for a third one as well.
Comedian Sue Perkins hosted the auctions in a live YouTube event, where people got to bid on new prizes which included for example cream tea with Dawn French, dinner at Masterchef winner Simon Wood’s restaurant and a signed copy of a Bridget Jones book with a handwritten ‘Bridget in Lockdown’ piece from author Helen Fielding.
Alice said: “I am a creative producer so I look after things that go on social media, the content we put out and make sure it all fits with the brand and see how that works and I also do the live streams, we did one last week with Sue Perkins.
“If I am not working then I would be more than happy to help people working on the frontline. Katie Sanderson herself is one of them, it’s important that anyone helps out as much as they can and it’s really lovely to see all the people that are involved just kind of out of goodwill.”
Katie added: “People’s response has been very positive, the shortages are less bad than they were but from care homes and GP practices there are still organisations that are having difficulties with the supplies.
“I hope that in a few weeks the government’s provision of PPE will be better. I think if you’re a doctor, nurse or carer having to see somebody with no PPE it just causes great anxiety and I wanted to help a little bit.”