Updated: Feb 27, 2021
The U.K. has been one of the countries hit hard by COVID-19. By early May, more than 178,000 confirmed cases had been diagnosed in the country, with the death toll exceeding 27,500.
Tzu Chi volunteer Wang Su-zhen (王素真) lives in Malvern, Worcestershire, England. Her mother had been a seamstress and Wang had learned good sewing skills from her when she was still alive. When Wang saw how the coronavirus pandemic had caused a shortage of face masks, she decided to put her skills to work making cloth masks for those who needed them. It was fortunate that her mother had left behind some scrap fabrics suitable for making into masks.
Wang posted a message on a community Facebook page about her project and was surprised to receive nearly 100 orders. People gave her very warm and positive feedback when they had received and used her masks. A resident in a neighbouring town even phoned her to ask how to make masks. The caller indicated her desire to mobilize residents of her community to make masks for older people.
Wang was glad to have made many new friends through her project and to help them stay safer and more secure during the pandemic.
Hear Su-zhen and Lydia talk about Tzu Chi pandemic relief on Malvern Views Radio Show.