Wednesday, 15 April 2020 17:33

Sewing enthusiasts helping the NHS fight coronavirus

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Marjoleine Yoshida with one of her home-produced scrubs Marjoleine Yoshida with one of her home-produced scrubs
High Barnet volunteers who love to sew are joining the nationwide effort to produce protective clothing for hospital and care home staff tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Scrubs -- the pyjama-style clothes worn by medics -- face masks and laundry bags are among the items being sent to a hub in Kentish Town which then offers additional supplies to hospitals, care homes and hospices across north and north-west London.

Marjoleine Yoshida, of Granville Road, High Barnet, told her local WhatsApp group that she intended to start cutting out and sewing up scrubs and laundry bags to help meet the national shortage.

She was immediately offered help and within days was receiving donations of surplus sheets, pillowcases, duvets from residents in nearby streets.

She has already produced two sets of scrubs, fifteen laundry bags and is now hard at work turning out face masks.

"My main problem is getting hold of enough material. it has to be capable of being washed at 60 degrees or more in order to kill germs, including coronavirus, so it's cotton or cotton-polyester mix."

Mrs Yoshida urged other residents who wants to help to contact the Kentish Town hub -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - to see whether they could assist in either making protective clothing or offering spare material.

"I've already supplied one scrub to a receptionist at a doctor's surgery and was so pleased to be able to do that.

"The laundry bags are especially important because once the scrub has been used it can be placed straight into the bag and then put into the wash without having to be touched again."

She was finding it easier to make face masks because they could be produced from left over material.

Protective clothing is having to be changed more frequently in order to stop the spread of the virus.

Voluntary community groups across the country have combined together to establish a nationwide network -- -- and they are doing all they can to get scrubs and other protective gear to NHS staff struggling to get sufficient supplies.

The Kentish Town hub is one of 12 established across Greater London and it is urging all care homes, hospitals and medical practices -- as well as hospitals -- to let them know if they need additional protective clothing or laundry bags.


  • Comment Link Monday, 20 April 2020 18:41 posted by Jenny Kosky

    I have some old tablecloths that I no longer need and some sheets and duvet covers
    Could they be of any use to you? I live in Whetstone, North London, and
    am self isolating. If these items are of any use to you, you are more than
    welcome to have them. They would have to be collected. My mobile number is
    : 07973 625116.

    I look forward to hearing from you. Jenny Kosky

  • Comment Link Monday, 20 April 2020 23:44 posted by Lesley

    In the throes of clearing out, I've come across a large canvas tent that we used to use for family camping holidays. It is an old style tent that people don't want anymore. The material is very strong and it's blue. Rather than taking it to the tip, I wondered if some of it could be cut up for scrubs etc...? I live close to Granville Rd and could drop it off.

  • Comment Link Wednesday, 22 April 2020 10:48 posted by Lesley

    Making contact is proving difficult!
    Your message wasn't delivered to because the address couldn't be found or is unable to receive email.

  • Comment Link Thursday, 23 April 2020 09:51 posted by gremlin, barnet

    the email address shouldn't have the www. it should be


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