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Kintyre care staff are continuing to scrub up well thanks to the hard work of volunteer sewing groups.
Mid Argyll-based group Let’s Get Scrubbing for our NHS, which is winding down after nine weeks, has made recent deliveries to Campbeltown Hospital, Lorne Campbell Court and local members of Argyll and Bute Council’s Home Care Team, while the ‘Kintyre Scrubs’ group this week dropped off supplies with staff at Shopper-Aide and Greenwood.
Not satisfied with supplying hospitals and care homes in Mid Argyll, Kintyre and Glasgow, the Let’s Get Scrubbing group’s last major delivery of protective scrubs and face masks travelled 244 miles to Wick in Caithness.
Nikki Thompson, the group’s founder, said: ‘What an amazing journey we’ve been on over the last couple of months. It has been a privilege to supply protective scrubs to NHS and care staff from Kintyre to Caithness, in particular the nurses and doctors working in the larger hospitals in Glasgow who are still dealing with COVID-19 patients daily.
‘We have achieved more than we ever imagined but feel, with lockdown easing, it is time for the Let’s Get Scrubbing team to pack away their machines and take a well-earned rest.
‘I would like to thank the large army of home sewers who have given so freely of their time to turn out amazing designer scrubs every week and the wider community and local businesses for their support and endless donations of fabric and thread.
‘We couldn’t have done it without the help of West Coast Motors which transported our scrubs and fabric the length and breadth of Argyll and beyond, Premier Laundry which ensured hundreds of scrubs were laundered weekly to meet hospital standards and MacLeod Construction which copied patterns for us to distribute to home sewers.
‘While most of the team will be wondering what to do with their new-found freedom, a few will continue to produce face coverings. The money raised from these and the funds from our JustGiving page will be gifted to the NHS.
‘Thank you once again to everyone involved. You have all been amazing.’
Although the group finished sewing last week, deliveries of scrubs were still being made this week to the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, Lochgilphead/Tarbert Dental Practice, and Argyll and Bute home carers.
The Kintyre Scrubs volunteers, who set up their group at the beginning May to help meet the local demand for protective garments, are continuing to put their sewing machines to good use.
Elise Glendinning, Kintyre Scrubs coordinator, said: ‘If you are living in Kintyre and caring for someone at home and you’d like a set of our scrubs, please message me on Facebook or contact the Kintyre Community Resilience Group by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org’
Staff at Campbeltown Hospital wearing scrubs from the Let’s Get Scrubbing group. NO_c26scrubs01
Carina McDougall, a member of Argyll and Bute Council’s Home Care Team in Kintyre, wearing her designer tunic courtesy of Let’s Get Scrubbing. NO_c26scrubs02
Gordon McDougall from Campbeltown, one of the West Coast Motors bus drivers who collected scrubs from volunteers and dropped them off at Let’s Get Scrubbing headquarters. NO_c26scrubs03
Shopper-Aide staff member Beckie Shields takes delivery of a parcel from Kintyre Scrubs. NO_c26scrubs04
Mother and daughter team Shereen Gay and Sara Sinclair from Clachan, who are part of Argyll and Bute Council’s Home Care Team working in Tarbert, wearing their new scrub tunics from the Let’s Get Scrubbing group. NO_c26scrubs05
Zoe Brown, a social care worker at Lorne Campbell Court, wearing her scrubs from the Let’s Get Scrubbing group. NO_c26scrubs06