A number of Kenilworth Lions members and partners have been proud to be part of an amazing local voluntary initiative to support NHS front line workers during the current Covid-19 crisis, which perhaps has had less publicity than it deserves.
What started, in mid April as a small operation, the Kenilworth branch of the Warwickshire Scrubbers, very quickly grew into a final group of 87 ladies (and a few men !), with a central co-ordinator, logistics manager, fundraisers, couriers, cutters, washers, and of course sewers.
Most of the volunteers were people who had heard what was going on through social media, or by word of mouth. In some cases these were regular sewers, but others dusted down old machines to help, and for those who could not sew, there were many other jobs needed doing.
To date 602 set of “scrubs” have been produced, together with 1,202 laundry bags, 324 headbands and 102 hats, earsavers etc. A total of 2,230 items!
Cash grants from Kenilworth Lions and other local organisations helped to buy the large quantities of fabric needed, while Kenilworth Methodist Church provided their church hall free of charge to host the operation.
In short “The Kenilworth Scrubbers’ – Together, at a time of strange requirements and restrictions, they have made a difference and supported the NHS.