Team furnishes frontline staff with PPE

Just Regional
Apr 17, 2020 3 mins read

The team at an Aylsham soft furnishings company is turning its attention from furnishings to face masks to help keep frontline workers safe from the coronavirus.

Staff at Lisa Dawson Interiors are turning out facemasks, headbands, scrubs and other protective items which are in great demand around the area.

Seamstress Jaymi Scrafton hard at work.

“All of our staff have been furloughed as our suppliers are all closed, and we cannot maintain a safe working distance in the workroom,” said Lisa. “They are all doing this voluntarily and in their own homes and all materials are being donated by me or the staff or client volunteers.” 

Lisa said they were using up fabrics, elastic and buttons which would usually have been used for curtains, covers and cushions, adding that they had also been given 300m of lining fabric by a handbag manufacturer – all of which were suitable for the items they were making.

Head seamstress Debbie Gooden. Bright fabrics are being used to add a brighter touch to what is a worrying time for many.

“We have researched this and have followed the guidelines available, i.e. they need to be of a close weave and 100pc cotton,” she said. “We recommend people to change them every two hours.”

The initiative was sparked when they heard that local care home staff had no protection. Head seamstress Debbie Gooden’s daughter is a nurse, so she knew the problems being faced and all team members were only too glad to pitch in.

Trestle tables which were used when the business first started up were taken out of storage and delivered to the seamstresses, and now the team is providing free PPE for a local care home, a children’s home, carers, the Holt group practice and supermarket staff at Aylsham Tesco.

They have also made face masks in black fabric for police officers.

“We are also trying to develop headbands as we are being told by frontline workers that their ears are getting really sore from the masks,” said Lisa. 

The patterns, fabrics and finished items are being collected and delivered by showroom staff headed by Fayanne Connelly, who is ex-Army and whose two tours of Afghanistan have stood in her good stead to sort the logistics of such an operation.

Lisa said clients have also offered their services – Karoline Gebbett and her husband, Nick (pictured above) have pitched in, and Sally Stubs and Nick Farrow have called on the Lisa Dawson team to help them produce protective clothing for a care home.

“Everyone is keeping very busy!”

If anyone can help, or needs PPE, call 01263 732524 or visit www.lisadawson.co.uk

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