A TEAM of avid sewers – who have made hundreds of medical scrubs for frontline staff across the borough – have been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award.

 

For The Love Of Scrubs started as a Facebook group to get people involved in supplying hospitals with vital protective clothing and equipment.

 

Many volunteers have bought their own fabric and local companies helped donate materials to help with the cause.

 

Sarah White, an art tutor and former designer who created For The Love Of Scrubs in Barnsley, has thanked the volunteers for their efforts.

 

“I set the For The Love Of Scrubs Barnsley group near the start of lockdown 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.”

 

The team effort of the volunteers has landed them a nomination for Community Group of the Year at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards.

 

“This nomination is absolutely incredible,” Sarah said.

 

“It’s been a very overwhelming time for us a group with the amount of demand we’ve had.

 

“But the hard work and dedication of our volunteers is testament to how we’ve come together as a community.

 

“I couldn’t be more proud of our volunteers and I’m so glad we’ve been nominated for this award.

 

“This is a huge team effort by everybody involved and we can’t thank everyone for their help and support.”