Emmaus Gloucestershire has donated material to a local Nailsworth group that has been set up to make scrubs for key workers during the coronavirus outbreak.

Nailsworth Scrubs for Heroes is made up of local pattern cutters and seamstresses after Stroud resident Sarah Martin called on the community to come together and start making scrubs for those who are caring for the public.

Emmaus Gloucestershire has donated 13 rolls of material and assorted fabric to help with the effort, and the group have also received generous support from the public and funding from the Nailsworth Chamber of Trade & Commerce.

With scrub requests coming in daily, members of Nailsworth Scrubs for Heroes are working individually from their homes and are supplying doctor surgeries, care homes, agency workers, funeral homes, opticians, pharmacists, shop assistants and ambulance workers with scrubs and other PPE.

Nailsworth Scrubs for Heroes organiser and member, Sarah Martin, said: 

“We have brought together a talented group of people who are working tirelessly during this difficult time to support our nurses, doctors, care-workers and key workers. We are making visors, full scrub sets, face masks, and scrub bags, as well as cooking for our NHS and emergency workers so we can provide them with free meals. We are looking after them because they are looking after us.”

The group has also kindly offered to also make face masks for Emmaus Gloucestershire staff and formerly homeless residents in preparation for the re-opening of the Emmaus charity shops when it is safe to do so.

Joe Feeley, Chief Executive at Emmaus Gloucestershire, said:

“We feel privileged to be able to support Nailsworth Scrubs of Heroes, helping with their efforts and that of the NHS. We are also very appreciative of the kind offer to make our residents and staff team face masks. The last thing we wanted to do was buy masks and take them away from the NHS.”

Emmaus Gloucestershire provides a home, work and individual support to 32 people who have experienced homelessness or social exclusion. The charity generates the funds it needs to support its residents by selling donated furniture, household goods, clothing and much more in its five shops in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Nailsworth and Stroud.

Nailsworth Scrubs for Heroes has set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds to continue their work. To donate, visit here.

If you are a business or care or emergency service worker and would like to enquire about PPE, contact Sarah Martin at [email protected] or call 07841 922639.

To find out more about Nailsworth Scrubs for Heroes, visit www.nailsworthonline.co.uk.