Sewing group creating scrubs for NHS and medical staff put out urgent plea for more funds

SEWING machines for miles around are buzzing as kind members of the public work around the clock to create outfits for healthcare staff.

Friday, 17th April 2020, 2:21 pm
Updated Friday, 17th April 2020, 5:13 pm

Nearly 1,000 sets of scrubs have been sewn together by 130 volunteers co-ordinated by Gosport resident Lin Gell, who started the Facebook group Team Scrubbers Serving Southampton/Portsmouth areas with Scrubs.

With hundreds of sets already being delivered to Queen Alexandra Hospital and University Hospital Southampton, the group has been flooded with requests from desperate GP surgerys and care agencies and needs more funds to keep their vital work going.

Lin, who is working 18 hours a day on this, said: ‘It’s just all taken off like mad. I’ve got scrubs coming out of my ears and people coming out of my ears but I’m running out of money.

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Sets of scrubs which have been created by members of Lin Gell's Facebook group

‘We just can’t keep up with the demand, we can keep up with the sewing but not the money we need to buy the fabric.’

Sewers are joining in from as far afield as Romsey, Emsworth and the New Forest with the community effort, with the main barrier being the money needed to buy materials despite Lin putting in her own money to kickstart the project and generous help from the Gosportarians.

Mum-of-one Charlene Lomas from Gosport said the price of fabric has skyrocketed in the past few weeks as demand has risen dramatically.

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Lin Gell from Gosport set up a group of around 130 sewers who are working hard to create scrubs for medical staff across the area. Pictured here with five-year-old great-granddaughter Darcy

The keen costume-maker is in isolation due to her asthma, but has enjoyed finding a way to help.

Charlene said: ‘It’s a real shame that it’s needed but here we are. I didn’t realise just how desperate people were for these scrubs - we have got almost 1,000 made and it’s not enough.

‘Staff are just so grateful. There’s no value on that, it’s just amazing and we want to keep going as long as possible.

‘It’s about helping to protect our front-line workers. They’re woefully undersupplied with PPE which we can’t do anything about, but this is something we can do.’

Boxes of scrubs created by sewers from Lin Gell's Facebook group

Donations can be made through PayPal friends and family to [email protected] or through the Gosportarians who are taking donations for the scrubs. For more information visit their Facebook page or join the Scrubbers group.

Rachel Webber and her 13-year-old daughter Abigail, Gosport’s Young Citizen of the Year, are self-isolating at home as Abigail is in the high-risk category due to health issues.

They are both usually busy helping in the community, so have been taking this time to sew together bags for the scrubs to be put in when they need to be washed at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

Rachel, who is Gosport Asda’s community champion, said: ‘It’s been a wonderful opportunity to help out our local hospital.

Abigail Webber, 13, is one of the shielded members of the community who must stay home, so she has been learning to sew and making scrub bags for Gosport War Memorial Hospital

‘I think we can make something positive come out of this and treat it as an opportunity to strengthen our relationships as a family and also support the heroes in our community.’

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