Pride of Britain: Leicestershire woman sews nearly £18,000 worth of facemasks for Loros hospice

The ITV Central Pride of Britain Regional Fundraising Award is given to an individual from the East Midlands, who has gone above and beyond for others, and raised money for charity.

A woman from Leicestershire has sewn nearly £18,000 worth of facemasks for the Leicestershire and Rutland hospice, Loros, during the pandemic.

Carol Hanna said she’s been making the bespoke, made to order masks for the hospice after they cared for her mother who passed away in 2019.

Carol making a mask

She turned her hand to make the masks during the pandemic because lockdown cancelled planned cake sales, raffles and auctions.

Carol is still making masks at her home in Countesthorpe, and says she's also branched out into hand sanitiser bags and dog bandanas.

With donations from family and friends added to the sale of the masks, she's now raised £20,000 for the hospice.

All this week on ITV Central, we'll be sharing the stories of our shortlisted nominees.

The winner will be revealed on our programme at 6pm on Friday.

They'll be invited to attend the glitzy Pride of Britain ceremony in London.

What is the Pride of Britain?

Pride of Britain Awards celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable people who make our world a better place.

Screened on ITV in November, it is the biggest awards show of its kind on British TV.Nominated by the public, the winners are from all walks of life, of all ages, and from all over the country. Their achievements are awe-inspiring and a lesson to us all. They say they are ordinary people, but their acts are truly extraordinary.Since the first Pride of Britain in 1999, royalty, prime ministers, and hundreds of leading figures from showbusiness, sport, politics and the arts have all taken part.

Hosted by Carol Vorderman, the Awards attract an audience of around five million viewers every year in a primetime slot on ITV - making it the highest rated awards show of its kind on British television.

Watch the Pride of Britain Awards on ITV