Our volunteer Lisa supports Key Workers during pandemic
Picture - Lisa’s daughter modelling some of the scrubs
Just the same as everyone, 8 weeks ago I suddenly found myself with more time on my hands.
As I struggle with my physical health and I'm now a wheelchair user, I was told like many others that I must stay in my home to stay safe. So I needed something to do to help pass the time.
After hearing on the news that hospitals are really struggling to get the equipment needed to help protect themselves from this awful virus, I wanted to do something to help, so I scoured the internet to see if there was any way I could make some of the equipment they need.
I found a couple of groups that were asking anyone who is able to sew to make equipment. The 3 main groups I joined were: For The Love Of Scrubs, The Scrub Hub and Sewing Scrubs For James Cook. So I got in touch with them and told them I'd love to help.
So that's when my journey began. I started sewing scrubs, scrub bags and face masks (but these masks can only to used to wear over the correct PPE masks). So for the last 7 weeks, a small corner in my bedroom has became my own personal command center. This the help of my children laying the fabric on the floor to cut it out for me.
After a few weeks I found making the scrubs a little to much and I could feel my health deteriorating; so I decided to stick to making bags and masks. I then decided to teach myself to crochet so I can make ear savers for the elastic on the masks so that it is not rubbing against people's ears.
I'm not going to say it has been an easy job, as I've also been homeschooling my children and doing a counselling course, but it is a very small contribution compared to what all our key-workers are doing on a daily basis. I wish I could tell you how many I've made, but I've lost count.
Take care everyone, look out for each other, and stay safe. We will get through this, and the world will smile again.