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Coronavirus: Harrogate Facebook group helping tackle spread of virus.

Coronavirus: Harrogate Facebook group helping tackle spread of virus.

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 25th April 2020.

A Facebook group in Harrogate is helping tackle the spread of coronavirus.  

  • A Facebook group has been set up to make a supply scrubs to Harrogate hospital.  
  • 'Harrogate Scrubbers' raised more than £4,500 in 24 hours.
  • Scrubs are urgently needed by the NHS during the pandemic.  

'Harrogate Scrubbers' is a making and supplying scrubs for Harrogate hospital.  

Many NHS staff who didn't previously need scrubs now urgently need help to keep work and home clothing separate.

The group raised over £4,500 in 24 hours, and has committed to make 700 scrubs for staff working in the Harrogate area.

Harrogate hospital

Fran Taylor, from the group, said: 

"We're just a group of home sewers really and some people are more experienced than others - some people have not picked up their sewing machine for a very long time!  We're just trying to solve the distribution and supply chain issues by making and supplying scrubs for Harrogate hospital. 

"We've had loads of support from businesses and from organisations and individuals who are just getting behind us and making donations to us online, which is allowing us to buy fabric."

A Facebook group has been started in Harrogate to help with a national shortage of scrubs.

"Even if you can’t sew, we need people to deliver the fabric and patterns to the homes of the people who can help out. We need people who can help cut the huge rolls of fabric in spaces like village halls, volunteers to cover the admin behind the deliveries, and we need supplies donating and money raising. Just £27 will sponsor three full sets of scrubs plus a laundry bag for a hospital worker which will allow them to protect themselves whilst they are working.

"This money will allow us to buy fabric and our fantastic network of volunteer sewers, drivers and distributors will do the rest. These scrubs will be delivered directly to workers at the hospital and will make a massive impact on the fight against Covid19.’

"We have furloughed opticians and retired former NHS workers who are sewing from their homes and producing quality items that will save lives.  We also have a huge army of volunteer drivers who are so grateful to have a purpose and help other people out; this really is a celebration of people coming together and I feel so lucky to be a part of it.’

You can view the group here.