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Local sewing group offers scrubs for the NHS and a new lease of life for volunteers

Written by on May 12, 2020

Scrubs Up For Northants NHS are  group of over 1000 volunteers who are cutting, sewing and delivering scrubs to NHS organisations and care home staff across the county. Jakki and Cat are area-coordinators for the group.

“The group started in the middle of March. We’re funded through donations via our Just Giving page or donations in-person,” says Cat. “Most recently Weetabix gave us an amazing donation 10,000 meters of fabric. This will make around 2.5k scrubs”

With over a 1000 volunteers as part of the group there are plenty of roles available. Volunteers don’t need to be experienced sewers. The group also need people to make headbands, scrub bags and face masks for key workers in care homes.

Jakki explains, “The majority of our volunteers will be sewing, but we also have a need for drivers and administrators. People can even offer to be a collection point – people would drop the scrubs safely outside your home and someone else would collect them.”

Being a part of the group has also helped to create new bonds between people and reduce some of the social isolation caused by the pandemic.

“The ladies in Daventry have begun their own WhatsApp group” Jakki tells us “They’re talking to other ladies that are sewing. They can communicate with each other and share tips and advice.”

It’s not just the volunteers that have felt this added value as Cat explains “I’ve met lots of people I would never have bumped into – my social network has grown and I’m doing things I never thought I’d have done before”.

Being part of the group has shown Jakki and Cat the how supportive local communities can be during the crisis.

“It’s been quite humbling and has touched my heart” says Jakki. “It’s just amazing. I can’t express to you the goodness that is coming out of this pandemic and the love everyone has for each other”

“We’ve been blown away by the support we’ve received and the love we’ve been shown. A huge thank you to all of our volunteers – they are key to what we’re doing. They’re making the things our key workers need”.

“We’d like to thank Weetabix for donating 10,000 meters of fabric. That was just amazing” says Cat. “Whatever we’ve asked for, someone has stepped up and given it to us. Whatever it’s been, someone has been there for us. Local businesses, local community groups, individuals – they’re just amazing”.

Cat and Jakki spoke more to John to explain about their work and the positive impact volunteering has on people’s lives during these times.

The group still has a need for volunteers and donations. The scrubs need to be made from specific fabric; this has to be purchased from fabric suppliers. If people would like to donate their time or make a financial contribution, they can do this through the group’s Facebook page.

Article from John Leivers

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