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Saturday, 2 May 2020

Sewing for the NHS: Update 2

1st May 2020: Weekly Update from Larry Anthony, Secretary of The Rotary Club of Becton & District.

It has been an eventful week with the priority switching to the supply of plastic gowns which are now being made with a new heat bonding process that removes the need for sewing which was causing problems with some of the machines. We are pleased to advise that we have despatched 400 much needed gowns this week.

Scrubs are being despatched to local hospitals and care homes with consignments of scrub hats also being made to Lymington & Southampton General Hospital. Evidence of the need and what it means to those who receive them was a nurse who travelled from Southampton to pick up a set of scrubs and made a very poignant comment “this means more than you could know”. Scrubs bags are currently in good supply but we remain alert to the needs of the community.

We continue to be grateful to Sanders Sails for the enormous help they provide by cutting out patterns for use by the sewing volunteers. 

Fundraising by Becton & District Rotary Club is doing well with £710 showing in our Just Giving page, other direct donations have boosted the fund to approximately £1,600. Money remains an ongoing need for the purchase of replacement materials as production continues to meet demand. Recent donors include the Rotary Club of Bransgore and New Milton Lions. Many other donors wish to remain anonymous but their generosity is very welcome. Thank you to everybody who has contributed to the fund.

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