Throughout the UK, our NHS and Care teams are in desperate need of Scrubs – Medical-grade uniform made of cotton or polycotton that can be hot washed in temperatures of 60 degrees Celsius.
So, to heed the call, people all over the UK have been whipping out their sewing machines and stitching patterns to help with the cause.
The West Dorset Scrubbers is a team of volunteers who have gotten together to do the very same. And while the Covid-19 virus has us all in lockdown, many seamstresses and sewers have joined forces to support the bigger mission. At the moment, their main focus aims to provide scrub sets to the hospitals in West Dorset that need them, which currently includes the Bridport Community Hospital, but in time it may well spread to the Dorset County Hospital and Sherborne as well.
How you can help:
The team are desperately looking for fabric! If you have any cotton or polycotton fabric (table cloths, bedsheets etc) that you are no longer using, and can donate, the team need it! To make a set of scrubs, and a scrub case (the bag that the scrubs are put into once being removed, which is then put straight into the washing machine), the team require 2.5m of fabric! But don’t worry – you don’t have to supply all 2.5m of fabric. The team make up the kits from various fabric samples.
All you need to do is drop it off any fabric donations at Tamara Bowler’s home at 101 Gerrards Green in Beaminster, and she will ensure that it gets to the teams who are sewing. Simply leave it on the driveway when you’re passing by.
If you have queries, or need to know more, you can contact Tamara directly on 07754 628449
If you want to join the West Dorset Scrubbers team, then get involved in the Facebook Group here.