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Mothers' Union sewing thousands of PPE items for front line workers

by Tola Mbakwe

Across the country, local Mothers' Union members have stepped up their support for their local communities.

They're sewing thousands of new essential items every week including handmade scrubs, ear protectors, scrub bags, masks and mask straps for local hospitals and care homes. 

As well as personal protective equipment, Mothers' Union Britain and Ireland members have also been making scrub bags so workers can remove all clothing and keep it safely in a bag, reducing the possibility of infection in the home.

The women have been working round the clock to fulfil local requests from front line NHS staff in hospitals and community care settings. 

CEO of the charity Bev Jullien told Premier they are using a craft that has a strong tradition in their organisation. 

"Our ladies have a great tradition of craft and one of our members in York has commented that the sewing machines have been incredibly busy and there are less pillow cases and sheets in their homes than there used to be. 

"We're very fortunate that our members throughout the year provide support to care homes and hospitals anyway. So what they've done is speak to their existing network and ask what they need."

Mothers' Union is also spreading their efforts into prisons. 

Rosie Stiven, diocesan president of Mothers' Union in Dorset and Wiltshire said: "We've always had a strong connection with our local prisons so when the call came that they wanted to do their bit to support the community we just knew we had to respond. We are mobilising our local branches to source sewing machines so that prisoners can make scrubs for frontline workers and feel actively engaged in supporting vital community work at this difficult time."

On top of meeting practical needs, the organisation is addressing emotional needs too.

In Llandaff, Wales Mothers' Union members have been giving a little extra loving care with knitted hearts for NHS Hospital Coronavirus wards. 
Sue Rivers, Diocesan President for Llandaff said: "Visiting restrictions during Covid-19 mean that many patients and their families are separated at the worst possible time, but hospital staff are trying to ease the pain by giving each family a special keepsake. Matching pairs of knitted hearts are given to the patient and their family, so that people can feel more connected with their relatives. The hearts are posted to each family, with a small greetings card."

Listen to Premier's interview with Bev Jullien here:


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