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Great Cornard anxiety coach launches face mask project to raise funds for Sudbury counselling service Just Talk 2019




After crafting face masks for family and friends, anxiety coach Kerry Gooden saw the potential to raise funds for a counselling service, to ensure people can receive help during the UK-wide lockdown.

Since launching her project earlier this month, she says she has been overwhelmed by the level of support, receiving dozens of orders for the homemade masks through Facebook.

Each face covering costs £5, with £1 from every sale going to Just Talk 2019, a counselling service operating out of the ExploringU Centre for Wellbeing in Sudbury.

GREAT CORNARD: Kerry Gooden..Anxiety coach Kerry Gooden is crafting face masks for people to order during the coronavirus lockdown, with a portion of proceeds going towards the Sudbury-based counselling charity Just Talk. Picture by Mark Westley. (35362652)
GREAT CORNARD: Kerry Gooden..Anxiety coach Kerry Gooden is crafting face masks for people to order during the coronavirus lockdown, with a portion of proceeds going towards the Sudbury-based counselling charity Just Talk. Picture by Mark Westley. (35362652)

The service, which Kerry also supports as a volunteer, runs a bridge fund to subsidise the cost of counselling for anybody in need who is otherwise unable to afford it.

Kerry, who became an anxiety coach after receiving help for her own difficulties three years ago, explained her anxiety had been building after becoming hung up on watching the news during the lockdown, and she decided to put into practice what she teaches by engaging in a constructive activity.

She told the Free Press: “For me personally, having something to do every day is really quite nice. I think it’s a small thing I’m doing, but it’s going to make such a massive difference for Just Talk 2019, having that extra money.

GREAT CORNARD: Kerry Gooden..Anxiety coach Kerry Gooden is crafting face masks for people to order during the coronavirus lockdown, with a portion of proceeds going towards the Sudbury-based counselling charity Just Talk. Picture by Mark Westley. (35362673)
GREAT CORNARD: Kerry Gooden..Anxiety coach Kerry Gooden is crafting face masks for people to order during the coronavirus lockdown, with a portion of proceeds going towards the Sudbury-based counselling charity Just Talk. Picture by Mark Westley. (35362673)

“Anxiety is a hidden pandemic, just like the one that we’re in at the moment. As someone who has suffered from anxiety myself, this is very close to my heart.

“Sometimes, people might feel they can’t get counselling unless they go on the NHS waiting list, which can be eight months, so having this service in the community lets people know know they can get the help they need and get it quickly.”

Kerry, of Sparrow Road in Great Cornard, added that Just Talk 2019 is also now offering counselling online.

GREAT CORNARD: Kerry Gooden..Anxiety coach Kerry Gooden is crafting face masks for people to order during the coronavirus lockdown, with a portion of proceeds going towards the Sudbury-based counselling charity Just Talk. Picture by Mark Westley. (35362659)
GREAT CORNARD: Kerry Gooden..Anxiety coach Kerry Gooden is crafting face masks for people to order during the coronavirus lockdown, with a portion of proceeds going towards the Sudbury-based counselling charity Just Talk. Picture by Mark Westley. (35362659)

Glenda Roberts, Just Talk 2019 director, added: “We are very grateful for Kerry’s kind offer and, as we think highly of those that use our service and our team, we thought this was a fantastic idea to safeguard everyone.

“Our bridge fund needs continuous donations, so that we can continue to offer affordable counselling to those that need it.”

To support Kerry’s venture, search ‘Kerry Gooden Anxiety Coach’ on Facebook. For more information on Just Talk 2019, call 0330 120 0279.