Co Down fashion graduate sells scrunchies around the world to support Women's Aid

Co Down trend graduate sells scrunchies all over the world to help Girls’s Help

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A FASHION graduate has turned her abilities to creating hair equipment to lift cash for girls affected by home violence – sending her creations the world over throughout lockdown.

Ellen Mooney has turned her household’s dwelling in Banbridge, Co Down right into a mini trend home for her sustainable streetwear designs whereas the coronavirus restrictions on motion stay in place.

The 23-year-old, who specialised in clothes on her Ulster College trend course, began making scrunchies to ship to pals she hadn’t been capable of meet up with, however their delighted response led her to broaden the scheme right into a fundraiser.

“I have been operating my trend model for six months or so now and through lockdown I used to be searching for one thing good to ship to pals.

“It was a pleasant means of claiming `I am considering of you’ and I made a decision to make extra so different individuals might ship them to individuals they’re lacking whereas they’ll’ meet up.

“It is a double-sided factor as a result of it is good to do, bit additionally in the event you’re feeling a bit remoted at dwelling, it is good to get it and know somebody is considering you.

“It was one thing else that I might do and whereas attempting to assist and do my half and so I made a decision to donate all earnings to Girls’s Help as a result of I do know they’re actually struggling on the minute.”

Northern Eire is the one area which has not been given vital further funding for home violence refuges and help – regardless of new figures revealing it hit an all-time excessive since March

The PSNI revealed that they’ve acquired a minimum of 3,755 calls associated to home abuse since then and the Northern Eire Home and Sexual Abuse Helpline has seen a 35 per cent enhance in common weekly calls.

Ms Mooney has bought virtually 500 `I Miss You A Bunchie’ £5 scrunchies since lockdown began and shipped them of their presentation bins so far as Spain, Australia and the US.

She has raised £800 for the charity.

In step with the ethos of her assortment, the scrunchies are all created from sustainable material – off-cuts and remnants.

Her different designs – printed sweatshirts and t-shirts – use plastic-free, water-based inks which don’t include any animal derivatives and haven’t been examined on animals and the clothes are both natural or recycled.