Yorkshire Businesses Come Together To Support NHS Key-workers

Your local NHS needs you!   

Bugweed’s Fabrics & Crafts Limited (a York-based, family-run, online fabric and haberdashery retailer) is working with Rebecca Brown, a local GP with the Priory Medical Group (currently on maternity leave), to co-ordinate the local effort for Yorkshire Scrubs – For The Love of Scrubs. Together with Curtains & Blinds by Sharon ForrestThimbelina of York, Alterations Express and Sew n’ Sew York, we have assembled a team of 100 professional and amateur sewers, as well as embroiderers and logistics personnel, to make and deliver much-needed medical scrubs and accessories for our NHS key-workers. 

The corona virus pandemic means that the NHS’s need for medical scrubs is huge and is likely to increase in the coming weeks and months! Many NHS workers are having to wear scrubs who wouldn’t ordinarily be required to do so.  Just this week we have provided scrubs to York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation TrustMyHealthGroup and local midwives. 

Bugweed’s Fabrics & Crafts Limited have donated approximately £500-worth of fabric to this great cause in order to get the project up and running and to get urgently needed scrubs, headbands and facemasks to doctors, nurses and other frontline workers.  They are actively raising funds to purchase more fabric for the busy team of sewers and have already raised a further £500.   Bugweed’s Fabrics & Crafts Limited have worked with one of their main suppliers, Littondale Craft Fabric & Waddings, to source the ongoing supply of fabric for this project in bulk and at cost price.   

We are calling for donations so that we can bulk purchase more fabric and haberdashery, at discounted wholesale prices, to enable us to meet the demand of our local hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and community care practitioners.  Donations can be made by getting in touch with Bugweed’s Fabrics & Crafts Limited or by making a PayPal transfer to www.paypal.me/yorkshirescrubsyork  For every £14 donated, we can supply enough fabric and materials for one full set of medical scrubs! 

In addition, Bugweed’s Fabrics & Crafts Limited is donating 1m of fabric to Yorkshire Scrubs – For The Love of Scrubs for every 4m of fabric sold to its customers until at least 31 May 2020!   

Rebecca Brown, area co-ordinator, said: “Although I am on maternity leave, I felt compelled to do something to support my NHS colleagues and protect our frontline workers who are working so hard to keep us safe and well.  I have been overwhelmed by the support that has been offered by local businesses and individuals alike; from the donations of fabric, to the use of professional studios to co-ordinate cutting out of material, to the willingness of so many professional and amateur sewers to give their time and energy to produce the scrubs for our keyworkers. People have been so humble, but I know their efforts are appreciated by those keyworkers who receive the scrubs and it is nice to see something positive coming from the pandemic as so many people come together to show their love of and support for our NHS staff. 

Rebecca Butler, director of Bugweed’s Fabrics & Crafts Limited, commented: “Bugweed’s Fabrics & Crafts Limited is committed to supporting local causes and gives at least 10% of its annual profits to local charities and good causes.  It was a no-brainer therefore to support this great cause.  Our key-workers are working so hard and sacrificing so much by continuing to go to work to support our community.  What we are all doing in return to support them pales into insignificance in comparison, I wish we could do more, but it is marvellous to see so many people coming together to give back and show their gratitude.  If we all give a little, whatever our talents or finances, we can show our appreciation, keep our keyworkers kitted out in appropriate clothing and emerge from the pandemic a more coherent community.” 

For more information, or for direct/live comment, please contact Rebecca Butler, director of Bugweed’s Fabrics & Crafts Limited at info@shopatbugweeds.co.uk or on 07951 883 686.