Foodservice design consultant Gareth Sefton is appealing for support to help provide scrubs for staff at a London hospital as part of a national campaign to assist NHS workers.
With manufacturing companies struggling to keep up with demand for unprecedented volumes of hospital workwear, volunteer sewers have rushed to help by producing their own clothing.
Mr Sefton’s wife started making scrubs to help Lewisham Hospital after getting in contact with the ‘For the love of Scrubs’ campaign, set up to provide uniforms for hospital staff dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
After buying some material she made six sets of clothing, but the pair felt they could do more and sprung into action.
“On Sunday morning we decided to ask our friends to help with donating £5 each toward buying the fabric and asking for others to help with the sewing,” explained Mr Sefton (pictured above in one of the finished designs created by his wife).
“By the end of Sunday, we had raised close to £3,000, so we started a GoFundMe page and have now raised £5,000 in under three days. Our aim is to raise enough money to make 1,000 scrubs and we need £7,500.
“We have had an overwhelming response from amateur sewers, and today handed out 14 kits of patterns and materials, with another 15 being distributed on Thursday.”
The campaign’s progress can be followed on a Facebook group that has been set up called ‘For the love of scrubs – NW Kent’.
Mr Sefton – who is managing director of SHW Design – said that the Twitter accounts @FTLOS_NWKent and @shw_design would also be keeping track of the campaign’s work, along with the Instagram accounts @ftlosnwkent and @gareth_sefton.
“We have some high profile supporters, with Ashley Palmer-Watts, Dickie Meaden and Mark Blundell all showing their support behind our goal,” he added.