Entrepreneurial Cork sisters making masks and supporting a great cause

Entrepreneurial Cork sisters making masks and supporting a great cause
Head of Cork Penny Dinners Caitriona Twomey with Ruby, Lillimarie and Belle Scannell. The sisters are at the helm of Funky Stitch Club, a new business making face coverings. €1 out of the sale of every mask goes to Cork Penny Dinners.

Entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well amongst Cork youths as a trio of sisters from Carrigaline have proved.

Lillimarie (13), Ruby (11) and Belle (8) Scannell set up their own company during lockdown creating stylish custom made face coverings that are washable and reusable.

The nascent Cork business, Funky Stitch Club, started with just a few orders from friends and family members but has since piqued the interests of a number of high profile individuals and businesses.

"Originally Belle, my eight-year-old daughter, at the early stages of lockdown, was looking at YouTube and she saw a video on how to make a mask. 

"She tried it and at first it didn’t work out. 

"Then her sisters got involved with her and her Dad decided to buy her a sewing machine. 

"So they spent hours and hours practising and they finally mastered it," Lisa Scannell, the girls' mother told The Echo.

Since March, the Scannell sisters have been honing their craft and as Lisa explains each sister brings a different strength to the table.

"They’re all really creative in their own way and they have mastered a bit of a system at this stage.

"Belle stitches the first part of the mask and then when she has her part done, Ruby comes in and puts the main mask together and then Lillimarie does the sizing of the elastic."

Funky Stitch Club now sell their face coverings through Instagram and Facebook and the girls are "in awe" of the great reaction they have received. 

"We had Irish Rugby Tours, which is owned by George Hook Jr, he bought one of our masks and we had Pam from Sobe Brown order one," Lisa said. 

Funky Stitch Club is also playing its part in supporting one of Cork's oldest charities.

For every face covering sold, €1 goes to Cork Penny Dinners.

"We were delighted when we went in with the first €100 and then things started to get busier. 

"To date, we have donated €450 to Cork Penny Dinners," Lisa said. 

"The girls are rocking it and I'm just so proud of them."

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