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Sewing Scrubs for the NHS


Completed scrubs ready for delivery


Grandma - what did you do in the COVID time?

Well – I was part of a group of enthusiastic stitchers who sewed to help key workers.

Ashleigh Linsdell, a Lincolnshire nurse, was worried by the shortage of scrubs uniforms/clothing for NHS and community key workers. She set up For The Love Of Scrubs UK, but even she couldn’t have imagined that the Facebook Group would mushroom to over 50,000 members!

Soon, sewers set to work in regions and I joined Yorkshire Scrubs, to find well-organised information about patterns/fabrics… and all the do’s and don’ts.

Interesting that initial valid scepticism “The NHS is not a charity….we shouldn’t be covering up for the impact of austerity measures…” quickly gave way to a pragmatic Yorkshire “Let’s just get stuck in and do what we can!”

We’d like to thank Fair Trader members (Judy, Sarah, Beth, Rose, Kathryn – and probably lots more we don’t know about) for sewing dozens of scrubs pants, tops and laundry bags – a tiny contribution to the five thousand or more items stitched by the Yorkshire group alone.

We hope to never see a scrubs pattern ever again! Much more importantly, we know this project was one practical way to say a heartfelt ‘THANK YOU’ to the key workers who continue to risk all to save lives.


The Volunteer Team at Fair Trader

May 2020

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