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Donated sleep masks to help West Herts staff get shut-eye during COVID-19 crisis

Posted: 21 April 2020

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Staff at West Hertfordshire Hospital NHS Trust should be able to sleep a little better during the COVID-19 crisis thanks to a children’s clothes designer who kindly made and donated blackout eye masks for our staff.

Dawn Clarke, from Hampshire, usually creates bespoke children’s outfits, but when she heard of exhausted NHS staff she knew she could help by making eye masks.

Dawn created 50 handmade blackout masks specifically for West Herts, where one of her relatives works. The trust has a special place in Dawn’s heart because it’s where several members of her family were born and other relatives have been taken care of at the end of their lives too.

Dawn said: "I’m in awe of our NHS workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. So when I read they had been asking for eye masks to help them sleep, I knew I wanted to help."

Grace Sanderson, senior sister on Bluebell ward, said: "It will make a very nice change to wear such a pretty mask! Getting a good night’s sleep is more important now than ever so we’re really grateful to Dawn at Dawn Clarke designs for sending these in."



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