Blackpool designer is helping carers work stylishly with fashionable face masks.

Fashion graduate Corrinne Valente is using her talents to mark sure carers can work safely and be fashionable at the same time.

By Sonja Astbury
Monday, 30th March 2020, 5:00 pm
Corinne Valente
Corinne Valente

The former Blackpool and The Fylde College student has taken to her sewing machine to churn out reams of colourful face masks , instead of her usual job of making wedding dresses and gowns.

She is handing them out free to people working working in a variety of caring roles from doctors' receptionists to paramedics.

Her sewing skills sprung into action when her sister, who works in the care industry, told her about a shortage of masks.

Some of the pretty face masks

Corrinne had lots of fabric and worked round-the-clock producing the masks.

"So far she's made 160, which have been snapped up by teachers, paramedics, nurses and receptionists at doctors' surgeries.

She said: "I just wanted to let these people know that I appreciate what they do and wanted to look after them, so I will just keep on sewing them until I run out of fabric."

Corrinne specialised in contemporary costume at the college’s Blackpool School of Arts in Park Road and added: " Tutors encouraged us to try new things and push our limits, which made me feel I could achieve my ambitions and should never be afraid of trying new things.

"The course taught me all the techniques I needed and the skills, but most of all it gave me confidence to believe in myself and what I can do."