As the coronavirus crisis continues, Bishopsgate is doing its bit by donating a free collection and delivery service to the Hertfordshire Scrub Hub sewing collective. The regular pick-ups and drop-offs of bulk fabrics are helping to keep the Herts volunteers’ sewing machines running,
and their bobbins winding.
Scrub Hub is a growing network of voluntary community groups making NHS scrubs for frontline staff who may be having problems getting supplies of personal protective equipment. The Scrub Hub initiative started in London’s Hackney Wick when a GP asked for help. Neighbours combined their sewing skills to help produce sets of scrubs – and the idea has caught on.
The scrubs are made to order by experienced and professional volunteers, working safely (and rather magically) within the guidelines of the current lockdown. Any funds raised by donation go to NHS Practitioners Health, which supports the mental health and wellbeing of the NHS workers who are doing such an amazing and selfless job looking after us all.
Some 30 rolls of fabric were recently delivered by Bishopsgate to the Herts hub – the material would total a massive 1.6km if placed end to end. The fabric was bought with donations made to the group, and will be washed and cut before being delivered on to local sewing enthusiasts who donate their time and talent.
Sarah Russell started the Hertfordshire regional hub only recently, and she now has more than 40 sewing volunteers – and counting. With hundreds of sets of scrubs already produced, the latest fabric delivery will mean production can really ramp up.
Bishopsgate plans to continue donating its services to the Hertfordshire Scrub Hub, and meantime the hub is always looking for additional funding, moreso at this critical time. You can donate here.
For more information on the Scrub Hub idea and principles, or if you would like to help a local hub, visit here.