From a few per week to 100 a day: the success of the Horncastle 'scrubbers'

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It started with just a handful of women who connected through social media, and from their homes and garden sheds started creating scrubs out of donated fabric.

Today the Horncastle & District Scrubs group has around 400 people involved - most creating scrubs, gowns, face coverings and bags from home. But some come into volunteer headquarters at Stanhope Hall six days a week to offer their skills.

The hall is a hive of activity and everyone, regardless of skills or experience, has a role. Quality control, alteration, labelling, dispatch, delivery, social media - the list goes on.

The group are now creating around 100 sets of scrubs a day for healthcare workers in the district's hospitals, hospices, care homes and GP surgeries.

During the Covid-19 pandemic many healthcare staff who would not ordinarily wear scrubs are are choosing to, rather than working in their own clothes.

With increased demand, volunteer groups around the UK are helping to boost the supply into healthcare settings and the colourful fabrics they use have proved popular with staff and patients alike.

TV presenter, actress and events organiser Sunita Shroff has been fundraising for the group 'Scrubs Glorious Scrubs' and sent this message for the Horncastle volunteers:

DJ Chris Evans and his family have also been raising money for fabric to give to scrubs-making groups around the country. Chris' 11-year-old son Noah has raised more than £120,000 by sleeping outside in a den in his garden. Fabric bought with the money he raised has been delivered to Horncastle three times:

The Horncastle volunteers have no idea when the need for their scrubs will subside, but they have built something that everyone feels should last beyond this pandemic.

With lifelong friendships forged and a sense of togetherness, they are now looking at ways the group can evolve and still provide a service that has proved so uplifting for all involved.