Rose of Northamptonshire award for face mask-making extraordinaire's efforts during coronavirus pandemic

High Sheriff did the presentation at Jenni's home specially as she does not have internet access

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 3:12 pm

A face mask-making extraordinaire has been given a Rose of Northamptonshire award for her efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jenni Liversidge has made 270 masks to date which have been used by non-clinical staff at Northampton General Hospital and doctors' surgeries in Towcester as well as sold for charity.

The award, created to celebrate the unsung heroes of Covid-19, is usually presented virtually but an exception was made for the Weedon Lois WI member.

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Jenni Liversidge, of Weedon Lois and West WI, with her Rose of Northamptonshire award
Jenni Liversidge, of Weedon Lois and West WI, with her Rose of Northamptonshire award

Towcester Evening WI president Sue Hamilton, who nominated Jenni, said: "When the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire, Paul Parsons, heard that Jenni could not attend the virtual presentation as she does not have the internet, he came to her doorstep armed with her certificate in a gold frame, wearing his full ceremonial garments!

"Well done Jenni – well deserved."

Jenni first came to the Towcester WI group's aid when it was fulfilling a request from the Brook Health Centre in Towcester to make face masks for their non-clinical staff.

With her help, the WI made enough face masks for both medical centres in the town but her efforts did not stop there.

Jenni then made masks for the WI to sell to its members raising £350 towards the cost of creating a reflective garden at the hospital to commemorate all the patients and staff that have died there during the pandemic.

She also made face masks to sell to her fellow villagers in Weedon Lois, with the funds going to the Katharine House Hospice near Banbury.

The hospital asked if Jenni could make face masks for their non-clinical staff too, which she continues to do as they are still much needed.

A nurses told Sue: “Please pass our thanks on and let the lady know how appreciated they are [the facemasks] and that they will all be used!

"We think it’s fair to say they are a big hit!"

The Rose of Northamptonshire award was jointly created last year by the High Sheriff, the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire and Northamptonshire County Council - now North and West Northamptonshire councils.