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Volunteers create thousands of PPE facemasks from Summerhall

I recently found out about an extraordinary group of engineers who have given their time to create personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.

The Edinburgh Shield Force are a grass roots volunteer initiative running out of their Summerhall premises, in Edinburgh’s Southside.

Whilst perfecting their initial design of one using foam to one using a 3d printer the group raised funds through a crowdfunding website receiving hundreds of donations and over £30,000.

They now use injection moulding to create the shield frames which enables mass production, creating 2,000 masks per day.

The group have grown to over 75 volunteers working 7 days a week to produce vital equipment that is distributed to ICU’s, GP surgeries, Care Homes, Direct Nurses and Hospitals.

The initial group of engineering product designers had an idea and made it happen, going from initial ideas scribbled on a napkin to a fully operational mass producing pop up factory in one month.

I find that so inspirational and wish them all the best as they continue to help those on the front line.

To find out more and see how you can help visit their website below:
Edinburgh Emergency Medical Supplies

Volunteers with a passion for fashion needed in Stockbridge

CHSS_fashionWith Edinburgh Fashion Week just around the corner the city is a buzz with fashionistas discussing the latests trends and creations.

If you have a ‘passion for fashion’ then this charity shop in Stockbridge is looking for some help. I spotted this sign outside the Chest Heart & Stroke charity shop on Raeburn Place, Stockbridge and thought it was perfectly timed.


Edinburgh Fashion Week runs from March 5th – 13th, highlighting the city’s fashion scene and unique, chic boutiques through numerous events. For more information see the links below, and if you can help out at the CHSS shop pop in and say hello.


Sketch in fine liner with watercolour wash.



Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland website

#EdFashion Week on Instagram



Edinburgh International Fashion Festival website