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Sewing for the NHS

SI Medway and Maidstone, like many other clubs, received a request for people with sewing skills to make drawstring laundry bags and scrubs for the NHS.   The call out was for pillow cases to be made into drawstring bags so that nursing staff at the end of their shift could put their uniform into the bag and then pop the whole thing in the wash without having to touch the clothing further and risk possible onward transmission of the Covid19 virus. Several members of the club responded to the request. Maya Bangar contacted Medway Scrubbers through their Facebook page and made several tops for staff in the Medway Maritime delivery suite and Carol Infanti made 20 laundry bags.

In north Kent, 3716 bags have been sewn in total by volunteers with Pulling Together Kent.  Kent Police have requested 400 60×60 bags so that’s the focus for next 2 weeks.  Darent Valley Hospital has 780, Ambulance service 200, Little Brook Hospital 300, plus many given to local care homes and medical centres. There’s a growing list of places requesting more including Gravesham hospital.

The bags, scrubs and masks, should be made from fabric that can be washed in a hot wash at least 60 degrees. We were pleased to be doing our small part.