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News: Col­lege mem­ber of staff sup­ports nation­al cam­paign to sew scrubs for the NHS

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Not­ting­ham Col­lege is feel­ing proud of one of its mem­bers of staff who has put her skills and love of cre­ativ­i­ty and craft to excel­lent use, to help our NHS and front­line carers. 

Amy Vic­to­ria Gath­er­cole (who works for the col­lege part-time in its com­mu­ni­ca­tions team), is a part of a team of three vol­un­teers who are coor­di­nat­ing the Not­ting­hamshire chap­ter of a nation­al ini­tia­tive called For the Love of Scrubs’. Amy and the team have enlist­ed the sup­port of over 200 mem­bers so far, who have com­mit­ted to sewing scrubs and oth­er need­ed acces­sories in their free time for NHS work­ers. Along­side this they are also organ­is­ing fundrais­ing, and a dis­tri­b­u­tion and deliv­ery network.

The group have already issued over 50 scrub kits to vol­un­teers to be sewn and deliv­ered to the NHS lat­er this week. So far they have fundraised over £1000 to help pay for fab­ric, pat­terns and postage. 

Along­side the scrubs, hun­dreds of laun­dry bags, but­ton head­bands (to secure face masks), and scrub hats are being cre­at­ed too. Amy has even encour­aged some of her fel­low Mar­ket­ing Team to dust off their sewing machines and pitch in!

A GoFund­MePage, which Amy helped to cre­ate and pro­mote has been set up to receive dona­tions to sup­port the cause. The mon­ey raised is being used to buy fab­ric in bulk and to pay for deliv­ery costs. 

Amy is spear­head­ing the Not­ting­hamshire ele­ment of a nation­al move­ment to sup­port NHS work­ers in ensur­ing a con­stant flow of vital PPE can be sup­plied to those on the front line; includ­ing in our hos­pi­tals, GP surg­eries, spe­cial­ist Covid-19 units, care homes and to work­ers with­in the com­mu­ni­ty too. 

Amy is work­ing with two oth­er coor­di­na­tors (who only met’ a week ago!) on the project, and along with their 200 mem­bers (and count­ing) they aim to con­tin­ue to sup­ply scrubs for as long as they are needed.

Amy said:

I became involved in the nation­al move­ment that was start­ed by an NHS nurse (Ash­leigh Lins­dell — Boston — Lin­colnshire) because I felt inspired. This is a time where peo­ple are step­ping up and sup­port­ing their com­mu­ni­ties in so many ways. The nation­al cam­paign, now with over 27,000 mem­bers is amaz­ing and impor­tant, I could­n’t not offer my skills to help. 

I love to sew, make many of my own clothes and knew that in join­ing this move­ment, I could put my skills and my time to good use. I want­ed to use my own net­works local­ly to real­ly get things going in Not­ting­ham and I’ve been com­plete­ly tak­en aback by the sup­port we’ve man­aged to achieve in such a short space of time, from local peo­ple, friends, fam­i­ly and the wider community. 

We cur­rent­ly have over 200 peo­ple from Not­ting­ham, sit­ting at home and work­ing in local fac­to­ries that are still open now mak­ing vital pro­tec­tive gar­ments for our care­givers in the NHS. There’s no bet­ter way to show sup­port and sol­i­dar­i­ty with our NHS, and help pro­tect lives at the same time. 

I’m coor­di­nat­ing the local effort with a cou­ple of my new friends, Aaliya and Emma. We’re just thrilled to be able to help and tru­ly make a dif­fer­ence, and let so many oth­ers work togeth­er on this com­mu­ni­ty effort to sup­port our local heroes. 

 — Amy

John van de Laarschot, Chief Exec­u­tive of Not­ting­ham Col­lege said:

This is a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment for Amy and her team. We’re proud of her for tak­ing the ini­tia­tive to get some­thing like this off the ground local­ly, show­ing that we all can play a major part in sup­port­ing our NHS and each oth­er dur­ing times of cri­sis. Amy’s cause has moti­vat­ed hun­dreds of peo­ple local­ly and in turn, they will help save lives. The Col­lege has donat­ed hun­dreds of items of PPE to front­line NHS work­ers in the last cou­ple of weeks but what Amy is doing, by rais­ing mon­ey and putting her sewing skills to good use, is espe­cial­ly admirable. 

 — John van de Laarschot, Chief Exec­u­tive of Not­ting­ham College

Well done Amy!

Published on:
  • 7th April 2020 (5:07 PM)
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