Wilmslow sewing team ‘scrubs up’ for the NHS

A Wilmslow-based art and technology teacher has led the production of more than 2,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the NHS.

Lauren James, who lives on Granville Road, set up Wilmslow Scrubs Up on Facebook in April and is putting the town's sewing skills to good use.

She has provided 1,500 scrub bags and 500 ear savers to Stepping Hill, Macclesfield and Manchester Children's Hospital, the new Nightingale facility at Manchester Central, Styal Prison and local care homes.

Lauren, who trained in textiles and embroidery, said "I wanted to use my skills and time to do something productive, which may make a difference to those working in extremely difficult circumstances.

"I've lost count of the number of people who are involved. Some have contributed the materials and time they've had; others are just finding us online, and some pass on their makes to their neighbours to drop off, especially if they are isolating."

Scrub bags are used to avoid cross contamination from uniforms at the end of a hospital or care shift. Clothes are put in the bags and then straight into the washing machine. Ear savers are used to hook facemasks in place. They tighten the elastic if it becomes loose and relieve the pressure on ears that become sore.

Lauren said the project had provided a boost to the mental health of those involved.

"They feel they are contributing and doing their bit to help. It has given some a sense of purpose and has helped with their mental health, which is really important to me."

Work continues on the project, with new products being added to stock levels each week; the sewing team have also started to make full scrubs, which take longer to produce.

Lauren said her team was happy to keep sewing as long as the demand was there, and they can help. Local organisations, including care homes, are also being encouraged to get in touch.

"Thank you to those who have contributed so far, your hard work is greatly appreciated," she added.

Wimslow Scrubs Up can be found here, or contact the group at wilmslowscrubsup@gmail.com.