Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Scrub Making for Bridlington, Scarborough and the Coast

Scrubs for the NHS York Trust, Bridlington Hospital & Scarborough Hospital
Bridlington Scrub Makers



Early on in the Covid-19 lockdown it became apparent that there was a huge shortage of scrubs throughout the UK.  A National group consisting of an army of sewers was quickly established to raise funds and sew scrubs from home primarily for the NHS.

As this group grew and grew it became obvious that the way forward was to form subgroups and so I formed Bridlington Scrub Makers.

We were in touch with Procurement for York Trust - Scarborough and Bridlington Hospital from day one and established that they had a real need.  They have contract scrubs which are laundered by their contractor but our scrubs will be laundered in Bridlington and distributed to both sites.

Soon, other facilities around the area also started to require scrubs, these included GP's, pharmacies and care homes, plus some areas of the NHS who normally go to work in civies now had to wear scrubs too.

Initially we had to raise funds and this was done by a couple of crowd funding pages for personal donations  - many thanks to Jackie Chandler and Sandra Hoggart for this.  Next we began to approach some of the many organisations around the town - thank you Maria Prchlik for assisting.

We are very grateful for all the support we have had and particularly want to thank all the individuals who contributed together with -

DOT - Destination Old Town
Spotlight Theatre
Alex May Gallery
Bridlington Lions
Bridlington Rotary
BTC - Bridlington Town Council
Lord Feoffees
OTA - The Old Town Association
BTA - Bridlington Tourism Association
Lodge Books
Tesco
Lisset Windfarm

We raised over £8000 to purchase fabrics for the scrubs production.

Finding suitable fabrics has also been very challenging as they were in demand by the whole of the UK.  Luckily I managed to use my wholesale contacts and saved a great deal of money for the project by doing this.



At its peak we have had over 50 people sewing scrubs around Bridlington, Driffield and the villages.

(One day we hope to add a picture here of the team, but for now we all still need to isolate.)

To date we have made well over 600 pairs of scrubs with many more in process.


At its peak we have had over 50 people sewing scrubs around Bridlington, Driffield and the villages.

(One day we hope to add a picture here of the team, but for now we all still need to isolate.)

To date we have made well over 600 pairs of scrubs with many more in process.





Some of our team of sewers have now had to return to work and others are needing a little break, so we are not using up our fabric as quickly as we were and we know time is of the essence. we have therefore donated some of our bolts of fabric to the people who are sewing for Castle Hill Hospital and the Royal in Hull.  People from Bridlington use both these facilities, so its nice to be able to contribute.

Delivering to York Trust - Bridlington Hospital / Scarborough Hospital


Doctors Surgery in Hornsea


Some of Practice 2 Station Road wearing our scrubs

We have also delivered to several care Homes in Bridlington, but unfortunately don't yet have the pictures.


A thank you for the East Riding Lieutenant








Despite running the scrub hub and making scrubs being very hard work and not particularly easy at times, I have met some lovely people who have donated their time and efforts to this project.  It is hoped at some stage to all meet up and celebrate our amazing achievements.


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