Sarah Ferguson unveils cute face masks inspired by her Budgie the Little Helicopter books

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The Duchess of York’s new face masks will support her charity Sarah’s Trust, which “introduces philanthropists to causes that need funding”. It comes after she also launched a range of brooches in tribute to a friend, who died from cancer earlier this year, to raise money for the charity. Earlier this year Sarah said that coronavirus was a warning from “Mother Nature”.

On her Instagram Sarah, who is also affectionately known as Fergie, posted the line of masks for children aged two and above.

The range of face coverings depicts characters from children’s shows including the Duchess’s very own ‘Budgie’, costing £12 per mask.

The Duchess wrote: “Wearing a facemask promotes a sense of community solidarity and collective effort in fighting diseases like Covid-19.

“But they can appear frightening to young children; getting a child to wear one can be challenging for many parents.

“My child-friendly patterns are fun, colourful and appeal to children, helping to brighten their day.”

Fergie also debuted a line of products to raise funds for Sarah’s Trust, including a £35 tea and biscuits set called “Brew For The Crew”.

Sarah’s tea kit is said to be inspired by the work she carried out throughout the pandemic, where the Duchess delivered essentials for front-line workers.

She said: “I really hope people will get behind the idea and buy tea and biscuit sets to support the project.

“To me, the simple act of putting on a kettle and brewing a pot of tea is a celebration of life and joy.

“For just three minutes of waiting, you can be taken on a journey to another country, culture, or point in time.”

In a heartfelt tribute, Sarah also launched a brooch in memory to her friend who died of cancer this year.

Featuring the York Rose symbol, the brooch comes with a donation of £10 to Sarah’s Trust.

The Duchess said of the brooch: “My friend’s positive energy and wicked sense of humour, even through her darkest times during her illness, will forever inspire me and all those that knew her.

“Together, we were always laughing, making the most of everything life threw at us and always living every day as if it were our last.

“We had many adventures together that I will treasure forever. She was a superb friend, mother and grandmother.”

Sarah’s Trust was founded earlier this year in June to provide assistance to NHS, care home and hospice staff.

It has delivered more than 150,000 items, such as food, toiletries and masks to front-line workers throughout the pandemic.

On the launch of the charity, Sarah said: “We will focus on a whole range of causes, all across the world, but at this terrible time, it’s right that our first projects should be to help to contend with the impact of coronavirus both at home and abroad.

“It has been humbling to be able to see just a little bit of the incredible work being done by our NHS and other health workers and I’m proud that, working with my daughters and new colleagues at Sarah’s Trust, we’ve been able to make life a little easier for some of them.”

Because of the Duchess’ efforts in lockdown and throughout the pandemic, royal experts have praised her for leading the Royal Family’s response to coronavirus.

Camilla Tominey said in July Sarah had used the pandemic to “reinvent herself” after last years controversy over her ex-husband Prince Andrew.

In March, the Duchess sent a poignant message to front-line workers for “doing unbelievable work” during the pandemic.

She said: ”The NHS, doctors, nurses and all the medical teams are doing unbelievable work and we need to support them as best we can.”

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