Launched only 6 weeks ago, the Harrogate Scrubbers will be handing over another delivery of scrubs today, achieving the target set by the hospital of providing the staff with 2037 scrubs. This will provide 3 sets of scrubs for 679 staff in the hospital. They have also provided 260 PPE gowns and over 550 scrub hats, 400 headbands and 1000 scrub bags. A colossal achievement for a community lead project in such a short space of time.
Celebrating their success, Fran Taylor added, ‘this has genuinely been a phenomenal team effort from a community in response to supporting the NHS. Whilst we have achieved more than I could ever have hoped for, I would like to thank the sterling team who have supported me since day one – Pam Mullins, Kimberley Wilson, Elise Madolyn Johnson, Lisa Sumpton, Hannah May, Jenni Brown and Claire Strachan who have been the core co-ordination team. Whilst on the surface we look like we have glided to this point, it is their sheer determination and support, and working very long days and nights that has enabled it to happen. Also, the brilliant hubs who got the packs out and our delivery support team. The community and corporate involvement has been vast and is listed below. We have needed every bit of their support and encouragement. Finally, a HUGE thank you to each and every member of the Harrogate Scrubbers team who did their bit to make this the massive success it has been. I am genuinely humbled, and this will be a very emotional day for so many people’.
Steve Russell, Chief Executive at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, said: “When we initially approached the Harrogate Scrubbers we only asked for a few hundred scrubs, which was still plenty of work for the wonderful volunteers. However, as we changed the way we worked and more and more colleagues were wearing scrubs, it became clear that we needed to explore extending the arrangement. We never envisaged a team of volunteers completing an order of that magnitude within the timescales that they have. My colleagues and I are in complete awe of the community and the local response. We would like to thank everyone involved and send them all our heartfelt thanks and gratitude. What an amazing achievement. From everyone at the Trust – thank you.”
Harrogate Scrubbers will be continue to support GP surgeries and wider community projects now, under the guidance of the hospital. Any surgery within the Harrogate area looking for scrubs just needs to email email@example.com and make the arrangements through their Practice Manager.
Yorkshire and West Riding Freemasons have just donated £5,000 of fabric to make this next stage possible and the fund-raising continues – you can make a donation online .
Furnish and Fettle – who run one of our distribution hubs and have donated fabric for 240 sets of scrubs
Blue Sky Designs – provided patterns
Bowman Riley – printed patterns and posters
Camberley Hotel, Harrogate – provided full time fetching and carrying services plus providing a pick up and drop off hub for smaller items
Enid Taylor – printed patterns for us at cost price
Yorkshire and West Riding Freemasons – provided donations of over £5000
Harrogate Fire Service – have taken completed items to the hospital
Mary Walker Soft Furnishings – has donated fabric and provided her workroom as a cutting and distribution hub
North Yorkshire Scrubs – made over 300 sets of scrubs and 800 small items for us
Ripon City Council – donated materials for 150 sets of scrubs
Standout Media – designed our beautiful logo, branding and this website
Totsbots – provided fabric for 120 PPE gowns and 150 sets of scrubs
White Rose Sewing – provided all the Scrubbers with advice and lots of haberdashery.
Askham Wood WI – fundraised and are making scrubs
Betty’s & Taylor’s – provided lots of bags through the Cone Exchange for sewing bundles
Brigantes Rotary Club – donated £500
Cook Ltd – donated carrier bags for sewing bundles
Hotel Chocolat – the Harrogate branch donated bags of chocolates
Lindum Group – printed patterns
Showtime Fabrics – donated 100m of material
Verity Frearson – have supported and championed our group
Write Design and Print – have printed patterns for us
Supplies for Key Workers in and around Harrogate – who provide support to local key workers and have helped deliver scrubs to the hospital