A BARNSLEY College tutor’s sewing group which set about making medical scrubs for local hospitals and GPs is continuing to grow.
Sarah White, an art tutor and former designer, created ‘For The Love Of Scrubs’ to get others involved in supplying hospitals, hospices and GP surgeries with scrubs and other clinical equipment.
The group has provided hundreds of sets of equipment to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 where health and care workers are treating patients.
Many volunteers are buying their own fabric and some companies are donating materials.
The members are also fundraising in order to buy enough materials to meet demand.
Volunteers can make individual appointments to visit Barnsley College’s Old Mill Lane campus to either collect material or return finished items via the ‘For The Love Of Scrubs Barnsley’ Facebook page.
Alternatively, the group has distribution systems in Cudworth, Dodworth, Grimethorpe, Hoyland, Woolley Grange and Wombwell.
Discussions are also taking place with Barnsley Council to co-ordinate distribution across the borough.
Sarah said: “I set the ‘For The Love Of Scrubs Barnsley’ group up two weeks ago and we now have more than 100 members, so the response has been fantastic.
“A wide range of people are involved in making scrubs and other equipment and in fundraising including current and former college staff and members of the general public.
“We’re really grateful for everyone’s help towards this vitally important cause.”
Yiannis Koursis, Barnsley College principal and chief executive, added: “It’s brilliant to see the number of initiatives, such as this one led by Sarah, offering crucial help across the Barnsley borough at this difficult time.
“We at the college are extremely proud of the various ways our staff are supporting our NHS and other organisations and demonstrating the sense of community spirit within our town.”