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News: 20,000 Essen­tial items have been made for key­work­ers by Not­ting­ham’s For the Love of Scrubs vol­un­teer group

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The Not­ting­ham chap­ter of the nation­al For the Love of Scrubs’ move­ment began nine weeks ago. 

As you may know, it was kick-start­ed by three women includ­ing one of our Mar­ket­ing team, Amy Gath­er­cole. Just nine weeks lat­er, the group has 1700+ mem­bers, have raised £5,500 and donat­ed over 20,000 items to the NHS, front­line and key work­ers. This includes face-cov­er­ings too now.

Fol­low­ing the ini­tial arti­cle, many col­leagues con­tact­ed Amy to join in with the move­ment, offer­ing to dri­ve, sew and also co-ordi­nate. Some of our stu­dents have even got involved and sewn scrub bags. 

As the Gov­ern­ment has now made it manda­to­ry for every­one to wear a face-cov­er­ing on pub­lic trans­port and in oth­er set­tings, the FTLOS group is now work­ing to donate these too. In the past two weeks, hun­dreds have been donat­ed to Not­ting­ham Col­lege staff, who have indi­vid­u­al­ly made requests. 

The com­mu­ni­ty group has joined up with local CIC, Tiger Enter­pris­es, to offer the project longevi­ty and a cen­tral hub. Tiger CIC usu­al­ly reside with the com­mu­ni­ty work down­stairs at 38 Car­ring­ton Street, but the part­ners run­ning the Urban Room have kind­ly lent the ven­ture a big­ger and more acces­si­ble space, which is cur­rent­ly hous­ing hun­dreds of items safe­ly and secure­ly. Vol­un­teer dri­vers and bik­ers reg­u­lar­ly pop in (at a social dis­tance) to col­lect items and deliv­er them across Not­ting­hamshire to those that need them. In the past two weeks, over 900 masks have already been made and donated. 

As a way of fund­ing both the oper­a­tion and the sup­plies need­ed to make more face cov­er­ings and oth­er items going for­ward, an ini­tia­tive called Buy One, Give One’ was recent­ly launched. This means that for every item pur­chased, at least one will be giv­en, free of charge, to key work­ers (includ­ing teach­ers and teach­ing staff) and com­mu­ni­ty front­line who request them. 

For more infor­ma­tion on this and to pur­chase a non-med­ical face cov­er­ing please vis­it https://​tiger​com​mu​ni​ty​s​tore​.co​.uk

To request a face cov­er­ing as a key work­er please vis­it http://​tiny​.cc/​M​a​s​k​s​R​e​q​u​e​s​tForm

I’m not sure where the last nine weeks have gone. The achieve­ments of this group are amaz­ing and so love­ly. I’ve been com­plete­ly tak­en aback by the sup­port we’ve man­aged to achieve in such a short space of time, from local peo­ple and supporters. 

As this project was set up as emer­gency aid in the time of a glob­al pan­dem­ic, being able to offer the project per­ma­nent sup­port for as long as it needs it is invalu­able and now hav­ing the com­mu­ni­ty I co-found­ed being able to help col­leagues, as they return to work to help our stu­dents makes it even more rewarding. 

Amy Gath­er­cole — Inter­nal Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Offi­cer, Not­ting­ham College

Search For the Love of Scrubs Not­ting­ham’ on Face­book if you feel you are able to con­tribute to the move­ment. If you can sew, cut fab­ric, sup­ply fab­ric or help with dis­tri­b­u­tion, make sure to join the group and sup­port a fan­tas­tic new initiative.

Michael Bush, Health and Safe­ty Man­ag­er said: 

The col­lege has con­stant­ly mon­i­tored the guid­ance from Pub­lic Health Eng­land dur­ing the whole of the COVID 19 cri­sis and always looks to advise and imple­ment this guid­ance. This is a won­der­ful way to help keep staff safe whilst trav­el­ling on pub­lic trans­port, where they might not be able to social distance. 

Michael Bush — Health and Safe­ty Man­ag­er, Not­ting­ham College
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  • 15th June 2020 (11:31 AM)
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