Please help new team to protect frontline workers

Just Regional
Apr 6, 2020 3 mins read

When one Aylsham company heard a plea for help keeping frontline staff supplied with personal protective equipment, they knew they could play their part. And now they hope the community can rally round and help them in their efforts.

Well used to dealing with car upholstery, Moore’s Classic Car Interiors immediately realised their skills could easily be transferred to sewing scrubs and washable masks. And within a day of starting the operation, they have had orders for more than 200 masks, 100 scrubs and face shields.

“We were watching the news and I said to Paul, ‘we could do that’,” said Katherine Moore, who immediately swung into action, getting hold of patterns and setting up the Aylsham PPE Response Team. The team will be the local hub for Norfolk Scrubs – a network of businesses and volunteers who are turning their hand to PPE production.

A quick ring around local community organisations revealed a major need in the area, and to make sure that the production line can keep on meeting the demands from care homes, delivery companies, service providers, charities and the many other organisations asking for protection, a funding campaign has been launched.

“It’s just to cover the costs of production and delivery,” said Katherine. “We will be gifting the masks and scrubs so that people who are working on the frontline, risking their lives, can have the protection they need and not have to pay for it.”

She said they had plenty of the material and parts needed for the masks and scrubs, but they would be interested to hear from anyone with acetate plates for the face shields and plain pillowcases and duvets. These will be used to make washing bags for used scrubs and masks so they can be taken off and kept separate before going in the washing machine at 60C.

A prototype of the facemasks and a washing bag which are already being used by Aylsham Town Council staff.

“It’s taken off already and it’s only been going since this morning,” said Katherine. “There are lots of people out there working without the protection they need. If everyone could just give a little bit… we’re just asking people to put their hands in their pockets. The more we get, the more we can make.”

Email aylshampperesponseteam@gmail.com  if you can help and click here for the Just Giving link to find out how you can donate.

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