25,000 essential items have been made and donated to the NHS & Keyworkers by Nottingham’s ‘For the Love of Scrubs’ volunteer group!
The Nottingham chapter of the national ‘For the Love of Scrubs’ movement began 13 weeks ago. Originally being set up by three women who just wanted to help and all these weeks later and the group has 1700+ members, have raised £5,500 and have donated over 25,000 items to the NHS, frontline and key workers.
One of the original three founders of the community, Amy Gathercole joined up with local CIC – Tiger Community Enterprise CIC to offer the project longevity and a central hub.
Tiger Community Enterprise CIC usually reside with their community-based textiles project downstairs at 38 Carrington Street but the partners of the Urban Room have kindly allowed them to use the ground floor space too, meaning they have a bigger and more accessible space – which is currently housing hundreds of items safely and securely, with volunteer drivers and bikers popping in (at a social distance) to collect items and deliver them across Nottinghamshire to those that need them.
In the past 2 weeks 900 masks have been made and donated already, along with around 200 sets of scrubs.
As a way of funding the operation and supplies needed to make more face masks, scrubs and accessories going forward an initiative called ‘Buy one, Give one’ launched in June, specifically for non-surgical face coverings. This means that for every mask purchased, at least one will be given for free to key workers and frontline workers in the local community who request them. For more information on this and to purchase a mask made by Tiger on behalf of FTLOS please visit https://tigercommunitystore.co.uk .
The moment that the country realised there were not enough scrubs to supply the frontline, any seamstress and sewing enthusiast with access to sewing machines and a fabric stash took up the call to arms and started becoming home-based manufacturers.
There is still a demand for scrubs in local hospitals as well as for workers within the community as more and more professions return to work. Hundreds of wash bags, button headbands, earsavers and scrub hats are still being created after two months too. We are also working with Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum who are helping sew scrubs. However, as time goes on and as people return to work, we now more than ever need support to ensure we have enough fabric and supplies to support the demand.
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Amy said: “I’m not sure where the last 13 weeks have gone. The achievements of this group are amazing and so lovely. I’ve been completely taken aback by the support we’ve managed to achieve in such a short space of time, from local people and supporters.
“As this project was set up as emergency aid in the time of a global pandemic being able to offer the project permanent support for as long as it needs it is invaluable. Linking with Tiger Community Enterprise CIC is the ideal match as they have the space, a central hub team now working away and also the experience.”
Search ‘For the Love of Scrubs Nottingham’ on Facebook if you feel you are able to contribute to the movement. If you can sew, cut fabric, supply fabric or help with distribution, make sure to join the group and support a fantastic new initiative.