The current crisis has thrust many people into the frontline against Covid-19. Both medical staff and key workers who would not normally wear PPE, are now having to wear full scrubs. This has created unprecedented demand across the world and with supply chains fraught and unreliable many have been left feeling vulnerable.
But once again teams of volunteers from across the UK have stepped up to help. The Berkshire ‘For the love of Scrubs’ group was set up by Wellington Chemistry Technician Wendy McKeown and local lady Vicki Lynskey. They were put in contact by their GP who was ahead of the national efforts and requested help from the community to provide PPE. They now have a thriving group of over 1000 sewists, drivers, and coordinators, supplying not only tunic tops and trousers, but also wash bags, hair bands and scrub caps. Each item is created by a volunteer at home, then shipped to local hospitals, GP surgeries, palliative and district nurses, and the new NHS hot hubs.
Despite using over 2000m of material to create over 400 scrubs per week, the team needs to triple their output to keep up with demand.
Wendy McKeown said, “The community response has been incredible and we just can’t get our hands on enough fabric. We desperately need funds to keep going. In addition, any donations of large quantities of dark polycotton fabric and means of industrial cutting to a pattern would greatly improve our efficiency.”Back to all news