A woman from Stanmore who was the local coordinator of a PPE making volunteer group says she believes the activities of everyone involved have made a difference during lockdown.
Susan Bell started making masks and, when the national shortage of scrubs was highlighted, she was keen to do something to help.
She said: “I knew I could sew something like that and would thoroughly enjoy the challenge, so joined the main “For the Love of Scrubs” group. A week or so later a working group started in Harrow so I joined that, started sewing in earnest, and helping to coordinate the efforts of others.”
On a voluntary basis, the group sourced fabric, thread and patterns for hospitals, GP surgeries, residential homes and dentists. – and Susan said there have been some memorable results.
She explained: “Bed linen has been an excellent source of suitable weight fabric, even though it has made for some surprising results. There are doctors walking around in Star Wars and Peppa Pig scrubs and several superhero outfits.”
Vanessa Serota, who was shielding, was also in the group.
She said: “My husband was modelling and getting comments about his abs whilst wearing Peppa Pig scrubs. I feel so humbled and part of a special community whilst sewing for the NHS as I couldn’t go out. The Stanmore Facebook group was putting out so much to the community.”
Susan said she was delighted to be able to do something positive to help.
She added: “I have really enjoyed being involved in this project. It was so totally unexpected, but extremely satisfying. It has made sure that I had contact with the outside world, when it would have been so easy to just retreat altogether.