Bexhill mum who made and gave away face masks receives a community award

Bexhill mum Nina Starr has won an award after making face masks and giving them out free to her local care home, GP surgery and her child’s nursery.

Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 2:14 pm
Bexhill Orbit award winner Nina SUS-200916-091117001

Nina received the Thriving Communities Award from housing company Orbit.

The Brian Griffiths Award recognises Orbit clients who have overcome significant social barriers and have transformed their lives and has made positive changes. The public voted online for the winners in July.

Nina is a single mum who has been working with an Orbit employment and skills coach to improve her job prospects for the future.

She has been selling pre-labelled jars and home storage solutions. She wanted to become self-employed because this gave her the freedom to be there for her child while also being a good role model for them.

Nina has also been making face masks, with three-layers of material, a nose mould and extendable ear straps.

Nina said: “I couldn’t believe I had won. Getting short-listed was amazing but to actually win, by a public vote, means so much to me. I want to be a good role model for my child and being self-employed will show them that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.”

The Thriving Communities Awards celebrate Orbit customers and partners who go the extra mile to make a contribution to their local area or who have made a positive impact on their own lives.

Mark Hoyland, Group Chief Executive at Orbit, said: “While many award schemes were cancelled due to the pandemic, we felt it more important than ever to put our customers first and to recognise our community heroes. Orbit leads in building thriving communities and we are delighted to share these inspirational stories.

“We want to shine the spotlight on the amazing people, charities, social enterprises, and businesses that share our values and make the world a better place, especially in current circumstances.

“We are always looking at ways to increase our impact on communities and these awards are to say well done and thank you.”

Nina received a trophy and £1,000 in vouchers from Orbit to invest in her growing business. Last year, Orbit invested £5.7m into communities.