KIND-HEARTED volunteers have been recognised for their efforts to provide affordable face coverings. 

More than 2500 masks have been made as part of a community project in East Renfrewshire, thanks to a partnership between charity Include Me 2 Club and local artist Douglas Yates. 

The group, based in Barrhead, supplied thousands of face coverings for just 50p each. 

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Their work has now been highlighted by East Renfrewshire MP Kirsten Oswald, who tabled an Early Day Motion in Westminster. 

Ms Oswald said: “It is so important for people to wear face masks and it shouldn’t be out of people’s reach. 

"I thought it was so interesting that this was a joint community approach to get the project going – it is so lovely to see all the community groups giving such a great response to Covid-19, working with each other to make things possible. 

“When I heard about the initiative, I thought, that is quite ground-breaking. There is a whole host of people working together to get these face masks underway – that is something that should be marked and recognised.” 

Paul McIlvenny, chair of Include Me 2 Club, added: “Many people across our communities have found it difficult to access face masks - not everyone is online to buy them and there is also the barrier of the commercial masks that costs over £5. 

“For larger families, this could be a costly essential, an essential that is now required, should they want to take a trip to the shop or be in close contact with others. 

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“It has been a fantastic project, bringing community groups and volunteers together for a common goal. We are so pleased to play a part in the action that is supporting the community in another way in these difficult times.”