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Scrubtastic Rutland sewing group makes special lip-reading masks for teachers at The Parks School in Oakham

A sewing group has made special face masks that allow deaf children to lip-read what their teachers are saying.

Scrubtastic Rutland was approached by The Parks School in Oakham who asked for help designing a face cover with a see-through section over the mouth.

Group leader Jean Denyer and her 60 troops got to work, and one of the sewists Karen Payne then came up with a winning design.

The lip-reading face masks made by Scrubtastic Rutland
The lip-reading face masks made by Scrubtastic Rutland

“The school said it would be great if the children could see their teacher talking and we said ‘no problem’!” said Jean.

“Karen then came up with the idea of having part of an A4 plastic folder sewn in. The school wanted 10 but we did five initially for them to see how they got on. I then got an email back saying they were absolutely fantastic and they wanted the rest of them!”

She added: “It’s brilliant for these children and we’re delighted to be able to help. It’s made something scary almost fun. This could be done for any amount of people in the community now.”

Jean started the group in mid-March and now has dozens of sewists making scrubs, scrub bags and face covers.

“It’s been brilliant,” she said. “We decided that we wanted to do our bit for Rutland and we’ve now supplied doctors’ surgeries and care homes.

“These are people who would give their lives to somebody and we felt they deserve to have the best we can give them.”

She added: “Hopefully there will come a point where this won’t be needed but until then we will carry on.”

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