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Kiltarlity women makes 600 face masks for village


By Louise Glen

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A KILTARLITY woman has made around 600 face masks to give away to her neighbours.

Liz MacMillan used her time on furlough as a haberdashery shop assistant to give villagers the peace of mind a mask can bring.

Mrs MacMillan (30) juggled care of her three-year-old daughter Elsie to make the masks, and it became something of a full-time job.

She said: “I estimate that I made between 500 or 600 masks, so I have been kept busy. Some days I was making between 16 and 22 masks a day to keep up with the demand.

“At first it was more of a way to help people who could not get masks, and I had material so I was able to make them for people. I was also given donations from Craft Corner when I ran out.”

Mrs MacMillan works for Dunelm in Inverness, and was furloughed for 10 weeks.

She said: “When I started out I was making masks to fill the time. After making them for myself and my family and friends, and sending some to my grandma in Southbourne, I had a few left over. I just simply decided to put them on a wee table outside my house.”

Face masks in Kiltarlity
Face masks in Kiltarlity

She continued: “There are a lot of elderly people here in the village, and they get the most out of wearing them. A mask just gave them confidence to get out and about for a short walk or to go on short errands without all the anxiety.

“People were very kind when they were picking them up. I decided not to ask for any money for them because I had most of the material or I was given it for this purpose.

“I honestly think that there cannot be a person in Kiltarlity who doesn’t have one of the masks.”

Mrs MacMillan will continue making masks for Kirkhill Community Centre which has been giving them away to people who need them. She has also put any donations in a collection box in the local shop.


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