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Scrubs donated to health workers in Torbay

Picture credits: Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

A group of voluntary seamstresses have delivered 100 scrubs to health workers at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.

The South Devon Scrubs Angels was set up to help supply health workers won the frontline with the vital PPE.

The clothing's gone towards community support workers, who are delivering care to vulnerable people in their own homes, as as well staff at Torbay Hospital Emergency Department and Maternity.

Iola Weir, a professional costume and prop maker for performance artists started the group.

She said:

“My professional work is on hold and I want to use my skills as a seamstress.

"So, when a doctor asked if I could make some scrubs. I started with six and then realised there was a bigger need.”

The group - which consists largely of women - is now 170-people strong.

Iola said the sewers are also benefiting from the work:

“It’s really rewarding for us all to know we are doing something to support the NHS and health workers in all fields.

"Many of our home workers are socially isolated due to the lockdown and finding it difficult, so keeping occupied is very good for their mental health and wellbeing.”

Fellow network organiser Hilary Smith, a former nurse and Community Midwife, said:

“We are all doing this because we love to sew.

"I’m now a waitress who has been furloughed, so I also need something to do.

"Older people in our network who are not able to go out say they like the contact with the world and being useful.”

Helen Davies-Cox, Personalisation and Innovation lead for Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, received the scrubs for community workers.

She said:

“There is increased demand across the NHS for scrubs, due to COVID-19, so we are delighted to receive these very special purpose-made scrubs, individually made with loving care as a boost to our own stocks.

“Our community-based Rapid Response Team is busy delivering compassionate and personalised care to people in our local communities across Torbay and South Devon; keeping them safe and well in the many places that they call home.”

Iola has sent her thanks to local businesses, seamstresses and charities for all their support, which extends to help in the Torbay, Brixham, Newton Abbot, Exeter and Totnes areas.

She added:

“Among the many people who have offered to help are seamstresses, who have a home business and have donated their time and expertise lovingly. 

“And there are numerous individuals who have donated money, offered to drive and deliver kits, made laundry bags, the list goes on.

"I am always wary I have missed someone out - the love and support has been overwhelming.”

If you're interested in supporting the South Devon Scrubs Angels work, either through producing, donating or delivering scrubs, you can do so by clicking here.

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