In response to the critical shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) amongst frontline workers, members of Kol Chai Synagogue in Hatch End have found creative ways of offering practical support to those risking their health for the sake of the rest of us.
The community has raised over £1,000 and enlisted dozens of volunteers in their effort.
In a matter of just a few days: people donated sheets and fabric, while others have sewn hundreds of masks, scrubs and arm protectors.
Sonia Joseph, member of Kol Chai synagogue, explains: “I was terribly worried about my husband, who is a local GP, so I felt compelled to do something to help. Like countless others, we’ve been showing our gratitude to frontline workers by clapping on Thursdays at 8pm but, as a community, we wanted to go further.”
Daphne Giachero, associate organiser with Harrow Citizens, said: “Our frontline workers deserve proper protection and proper pay. Not only are they putting themselves at risk day in and day out, on top of this so many staff, such as hospital cleaners and care workers, are being paid less than the London Living Wage of £10.75 an hour.
“That’s why we hope to build on this inspiring example of solidarity and stand by our frontline workers in the long run.”