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Campbeltown’s care sector staff are sporting bright, colourful new scrubs thanks to a group of almost 100 home sewers from Mid Argyll.
Health and care workers at Campbeltown Hospital, Lorne Campbell Court and Kintyre Care Home have received deliveries of the protective clothing over the last few weeks courtesy of the group ‘Let’s get scrubbing for our Mid Argyll NHS’.
After a top-up of scrubs and sundries, Campbeltown Hospital has received about 90 sets in total, and an order for Argyll and Bute carers in Campbeltown is now being prepared.
As its name suggests, ‘Let’s get scrubbing for our Mid Argyll NHS’ initially aimed to provide scrubs for frontline workers in Mid Argyll but shortly after setting up a Facebook page, word spread and volunteers were coming forward from Cairndow to Ardfern.
Nikki Thompson, the group’s founder, needed help to co-ordinate the stitchers in each area, so team leaders were nominated to organise materials, patterns and delivery/collection.
Nikki told the Courier that Campbeltown-based bus company West Coast Motors has been ‘a brilliant help’ in uplifting and delivering scrubs all over Argyll and beyond.
She said: ‘Bus driver John Brown stopped off to collect a parcel of scrubs from one of our Inveraray sewers on his way to Campbeltown on Saturday, bringing the scrubs through to me at Scrubs HQ.’
To help cope with demand, local stitchers have dusted off their sewing machines and set up their own group, called ‘Kintyre Scrubs’.
They would love to welcome onboard anyone who answers yes to the following two questions: do you have access to a sewing machine, and can you use it competently?
Elise Glendinning, Kintyre Scrubs coordinator, said: ‘If you have an old sewing machine that you no longer use that you would be willing to donate or loan to the group, we would also like to hear from you. All necessary materials will be supplied by the group.
‘To volunteer, or if you need further details, please contact me via Facebook or contact the Kintyre Community Resilience Group by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
‘I am looking forward to working with our sewing group volunteers.’