Harrogate Scrubbers was launched by Fran Taylor in response to the national shortage of scrubs. NHS staff who previously didn’t require scrubs, now urgently need help to keep work/home clothing separate, protecting both them and their families. Gaining over 200 followers and raising over £4.5k in the first 24hrs, five weeks on the group now has over 800 members and has raised over £18,000 of funding.
Fran, who has taught maths at St John Fishers High School for over 10 years, launched the group in conjunction with Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust (HDFT), which operates Harrogate District Hospital. Liaising with their staff, Harrogate Scrubbers is working hard to reach the target amount of 2,037 sets of scrubs that the hospital needs, as well as other supporting items such as laundry bags, scrub caps and face coverings.