For the Love of Scrubs - South London
Why we need your help
Why we need your help?
Can you help an NHS or Care worker to help your family and friends?
So much has happened in these past weeks for all of us. Parish Action are supporting a smaller South London group who are sewing scrubs as part of the national effort ‘For the Love of Scrubs’ started by a nurse. This team, including people from the Parish Action committee and our parish, is focussing on hospitals, GP surgeries, hospices, care homes and prisons as the need arises and directly matching requests with people who can sew the garments. The team of dedicated sewers now numbers 60+ people.
During the last 7 weeks over 798 pairs of scrubs have been carefully cut and sewn before being delivered south of the river to King’s College Hospital Trust, St George’s University Hospital, Hillingdon Hospital, Kingston Hospital, Teddington Memorial Hospital, local care homes and GP surgeries working with care in the community. Whilst this is an incredible achievement there is still an urgent need for more scrubs with outstanding requests for over 15,000 pairs. The £4,000 we have raised so far has been incredible, however, if we are to meet demand we need to raise further funds to purchase more fabric, and have increased our fundraising target to £10,000.
Why are scrubs needed?
In the NHS only a quarter of the workforce ordinarily wear scrubs, doctors on medical wards have had to ‘borrow’ scrubs from the surgical team in the past and this is no longer possible. Each member of staff needs several sets of clothing.
Scrubs are usually only worn in theatres and A&E to be clean for theatres and to be easily dirty and replaceable in A&E. However, within this pandemic, everywhere is considered dirty and everyone needs scrubs. It doesn’t take long to work out that a staggering number of additional garments are needed.
Doctors at the less wealthy hospitals usually have to buy their own scrubs, but there is nowhere to source them. The government will need to rely on the army of home-sewers to make up the deficit alongside factories that they are starting to repurpose. Some hospitals are already at breaking point with nurses wearing paper scrubs which are hot, uncomfortable and crazy sizes, others are fashioning protection from clinical waste bags.
How is your donation used?
It takes 3.5 metres of fabric to make a single pair of scrubs and with tape for the drawstring waist and a roll of thread this costs around £10 in materials per pair. To maximise the money we receive we are purchasing contract lengths of cloth from wholesalers and also using donated cloth and trimmings direct from studios, workrooms and individuals and cutting in bulk. No-one is charging for their time. Pictures of production line can be seen on our Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/ftlos.southwestlondon
It easy to donate money through the Virgin Giving website to help purchase material and if you would like to volunteer on the team as a machinist making the scrubs then please do get in touch.
The sum of the littles will make a huge difference, thank you so much for any help you can give.
raised towards £10,000.00 target
Total raised so far
Total plus Gift Aid £10,816.25
Raised offline £0.00