Volunteers from Clare join forces to craft scrubs for hospital workers fighting coronavirus outbreak
A team of volunteers from Clare and neighbouring villages have got together to make a consignment of scrubs for West Suffolk Hospital to help the ongoing fight against coronavirus.
About 50 sets of the cerise-coloured scrubs were taken to the Bury St Edmunds hospital by Susan Moore, owner of Clare Park Lake Golf Course, who came up with the idea within a few days of the lockdown starting on March 23.
Susan, who also chairs Clare Business Association, said: “It was the first Sunday after we were in lockdown. I thought, ‘I wonder if we can help make anything for the hospital?’”
She then approached county councillor Mary Evans to see if there was a need for scrubs.
Susan also enlisted the help of fellow resident Margaret Godwin, and business owner Helen Allison, with the quartet now co-ordinating some 20 volunteers.
Cllr Evans said: “We decided it would be a great thing to do, knowing the skills and talents of local people. I contacted the hospital to make sure they wanted scrubs and to get their specifications.”
“Helen set up a JustGiving page to raise the funds for fabric. She also organised the printing of patterns.
“Susan organised the cutting out of fabric and kits were delivered to volunteers. She spoke to other groups around the country making scrubs to get their top tips.
“I put the idea out on Facebook and Margaret organised the volunteers who came forward.”
Within 24 hours of the fundraising page opening, £2,000 was raised. That figure is now over £3,500.
Susan sourced 250 metres of fabric from a wholesaler in Tiptree for the first batch of scrubs, and last Saturday collected another 250 metres of fabric, which will be used to make another 50 or so sets.
Susan has set up a non-contact drop-off point at the golf club for the completed scrubs.
On the community’s response, she said: “There is a lot going on in Clare for such a small town and I’m really proud to be a part of it.”
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