Help & Advice Tip: My Pay-As-You-Go Top-Up meter is not working! I have no heating. My meter has error codes. Please Help!

Click Here
Select your town (change) We have set your location here.
You can change it at any time by clicking on the link above.
Corporate Social Responsibility

Local Designer Joins Campaign to Get People Sewing

Local Designer Joins Campaign to Get People Sewing

There are around six million sewing machines in homes across the UK.  If every one of those can be used to make just a dozen face coverings that would be one for every person in the UK  

Local dressmaker Angeline Murphy has joined BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee Judge, Patrick Grant, to call on the sewing community to help people adapt to new Government guidance by producing millions of home-made face coverings.

The Northern Ireland Executive and UK Government are now encouraging face covering in enclosed spaces where social distancing isn’t possible such as public transport and in shops, so there will likely be an increase in the number of people choosing to wear face coverings.

Angeline, who is a marketing manager for natural gas company firmus energy, has also been coordinating the NI Scrubs sewing initiative which has made thousands of scrubs for hospital and care workers in recent weeks.

Last month firmus energy donated £5,000 to the NI Scrubs initiative. Since then Angeline has been using firmus energy’s van to deliver material to NI Scrubs crafters throughout Northern Ireland.

Commenting on the enormous effort from the local craft and sewing community Angeline said, “Our volunteer group has over 9,000 members, and there is a huge amount of pride among them that sewing skills are being recognised and needed in these challenging times,”

“Sewing is a simple act of kindness that can make a real difference. It’s rewarding at the best of times, but sewing now, with the purpose of protecting friends, family and frontline staff takes that sense of pride and accomplishment to a whole other level!''

Grant, whose Cookson & Clegg factory in Blackburn has been manufacturing PPE since the start of lockdown, launched the #BigCommunitySew campaign today and praised the sewing community for the remarkable work they’ve done for the NHS, making scrubs, gowns and other items during the pandemic. 

“I’ve been blown away by the efforts of our sewing community,” he said. “The scrub making groups, sewing clubs and thousands of other sewing volunteers who quietly jumped into action to stitch for health and social care workers across the country have humbled and inspired me.  But I want more people to get involved. There are around six million sewing machines in homes across the UK.  If every one of those can be used to make just a dozen face coverings that would be one for every person in the UK”  

“It would be fantastic if local communities could look out for each other in the same way they did when lock down started with all the messages on social media groups and notes through neighbours’ doors offering help with shopping or any other jobs. I’d like to encourage those who can make or sew to find out who in their community needs face coverings and get making,” he added. 


The campaign has received support from Government and Michael Gove, The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster added:

"The Big Community Sew is a wonderful example of communities across the United Kingdom coming together to do their bit for the national effort. In pulling together in this way, we can ensure face coverings are available to the public to wear in enclosed public spaces, but crucially that medical grade masks are reserved for our frontline NHS and care workers"

Other campaign supporters include fellow Sewing Bee Judge Esme Young, Presenter Joe Lycett, the winner of last year’s Sewing Bee Juliet Uzor, Elisalex de Castro Peake of indie sewing pattern label By Hand London and several contestants from this year’s Sewing Bee. They have home-filmed simple how-to videos that you can watch on the Big Community Sew website. There are dozens of easy to follow how-to videos already online. 

"An average face covering takes less time to sew than it takes to boil an egg," added Grant. 

The campaign website also features links to the public health guidance on how to wear and care for your face covering.  

And finally, Grant added, "Have fun with this, get the whole family involved, customise them, get creative. And please share pictures and videos of your makes with the hashtag #bigcommunitysew so we can see how you get on.” 


Popular tags

Stay Connected

Sign up to
our Newsletter

Exclusive offers and latest news straight to your inbox!

What kind of business are you?

Why am I having to do this?

To give you the most accurate information for your town and county, please enter your postcode below.

How do you pay for your natural gas?

By Credit

Do you receive a monthly bill for your energy usage?


With a Pay as You Go card

Do you purchase a top-up card for your energy?


What kind of business are you?

Small or Medium Business

Small businesses spend about £2,600 or less per bill. Medium businesses spend about £35,000 or less per bill.


Large Business

Large businesses spend about £250,000 or less per bill

Make sure you have your bank details and SMP or meter serial number ready

Bank details

All we need is your account number and sort code *


SMP Number

This is the number usually at the top right of your bill or on your connection paperwork

Okay, I have them

If your account requires 2 signatures, or you are not the bank account holder, please call us first on 0330 024 9000
If you don’t have this number, call our switch team on 0330 024 9000