During the Covid-19 crisis, we all know that superheroes don’t wear capes; they wear scrubs, masks and gowns. And because of the tremendous strain the NHS is under, those items are in short supply but are vital.
Members of SeaGirls WI in St Minver were asked by Lindsay of Linterior Design in Wadebridge for help with making scrubs and masks for frontline NHS staff. WI members with sewing machines stepped up to the plate and started creating masks. A team of experienced sewers were formed, led by SeaGirls Secretary Gemma Webster, and nicknamed the Sewing Bees. Within three days, the number of requests for masks had hit 200 from local healthcare professionals such as Wadebridge Midwives, Port Isaac Surgery, Wadebridge and Camel Estuary Practice, Carn to Coast doctors and multiple local care homes.
As word spread through social media that the SeaGirls were beavering away, many other members of the community dusted off their sewing machines, ready for bolts of fabric arriving for scrubs. Forty metres of material was provided which needed to be used as efficiently as possible. The pattern had kindly been printed on A0 paper by Chris Hewitt Photography.
Following an appeal in the special edition of the St Minver Link, a local newsletter which has been produced during the Covid-19 crisis, a further six people got in touch to take the Sewing Bees to an army of 24.
Initially, 20 sets of scrubs will be made, with more material on its way. Much of the fabric has been gifted but there is a call for donations to purchase as much fabric as needed to fulfil the demand for masks and scrubs. Many kind donations have already been received and anyone wishing to donate please visit the fundraising page on GoFundMe.