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Healthwatch Northamptonshire on the hunt for Sewers

Written by on April 30, 2020

Healthwatch Northamptonshire is looking for people who are able to sew to take over from the hard work already put in by sewers in South Northamptonshire.

To avoid the risk of spreading coronavirus to their families and others, hospital staff change out of their uniforms at the end of the day before going home. Drawstring bags are useful to help staff take their regular uniforms home for washing as they can put their uniform and the bag straight in the washing machine (putting the uniform and bag in separately is advisable).

Following the example of others around the country, Jan Rogers, who teaches NCC Adult Learning sewing classes in Bugbrooke, has been encouraging her sewing pupils to make drawstring bags. Jan’s daughter’s mother-in-law is a senior midwife at Northampton General Hospital and gave Jan the idea, and since then many enthusiastic volunteers across South Northamptonshire have been joining in.

Lydia Pratley from Blakesley is one of these volunteers and she has been busy delivering material and encouraging others and they have made over 400 bags! Lydia says: “When I heard about the idea of making bags I was keen to get involved and have been encouraging all the sewers I know to help out. It’s great to help those working so hard in our hospitals. I’ve kept going because of the response from the nurses. They’re all so thrilled that they are being thought of in what is a very anxious time for them.”

Now they need your help! If you have a sewing machine and are able to make a drawstring bag, please take a look at the instructions on our website here.

On a larger scale, the county-wide group Scrubs Up for Northants NHS is coordinating all those who want to help make high-quality machine sewn scrubs to keep our NHS staff safe. They are looking for donations of fabric and money for materials.

To donate fabric email [email protected] or if you want to volunteer email [email protected]

Find out more about Scrubs Up for Northants NHS on Facebook here or @scrubsupfor on Twitter.

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