'It's the Dunkirk spirit' says group organiser
A group of Eastleigh residents are putting their sewing skills to good use by producing home-made ‘scrubs’ – the vital protective clothing needed by frontline medical staff that are in short supply due to the coronavirus outbreak.
‘Eastleigh Scrub Hub’ is part of a national network of voluntary community groups who are making scrubs to order after NHS trusts warned last month that they were running out of supplies.
Group members have been busy producing all types of masks, caps, gowns, wash bags and two-piece sets for staff working at local hospitals and for other frontline staff supplying care during the crisis.
Organiser Chrissy Russell – a Fair Oak resident – said the sewing operation was a ‘real team effort’ with people volunteering to take orders, sew and deliver items which showed that the ‘Dunkirk Spirit’ was still alive and well in Eastleigh.
Frontline medical and care workers who are in need of protective clothing can place orders via email at this address firstname.lastname@example.org .
There is also a Facebook page for anyone interested in volunteering or finding out more about the group– advice, info , pictures and even sewing patterns can be found at scrubhubeastleigh .
While volunteers give up their time for free, the average cost of a set of scrubs is about £15 so the group would be grateful for donations and are looking to raise £3,000 – any excess will be donated to the NHS.
Donations can be made here https://www.gofundme.com/f/scrubs-for-nhs-and-frontline-workers