Ilkley U3A Members Making Scrubs
Several U3A members are among a team of Ilkley volunteers who have offered to make scrubs for local GPs and nurses. One volunteer, Barbara Bullock, started making masks but when she was sent a pattern for the scrubs from a neighbour she responded immediately.
The scrubs enable the doctors and healthcare workers to keep work and home clothes separate to reduce the risk of infection. This received national coverage via the social media platforms of the BBC News Night programme. View the story by selecting either of these links. You do not need an account to view:
Local businesses have donated material and Mortens has provided the Dylon pods to dye the scrubs. After a few days the volunteers had made 40 sets of scrubs but Barbara says that she and the others are now making them continuously as 100 sets are needed as soon as possible.
As more surgeries ask for scrubs, other sources of fabric were needed as each set of scrubs takes about 3 metres of material. Local companies again rose to the challenge with Olswaldwistle Mills donating stacks of cotton and another source giving 140 metres of blue material.
Thanks to everyone who is helping but no more volunteers are needed at this point.
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