Glasgow Kelvin College putting its power and skills behind the NHS Scotland
Fashion Department Staff and former students at Glasgow Kelvin College are putting their power and skills behind the NHS Scotland – For The Love of Scrubs campaign.
In the fight against the COVID-19, the initiative has been set up by Fabric Bazaar and Mirka Bridal Couture to manufacture the essential workwear needed by frontline and supporting staff. A call has gone out for skilled volunteer seamstresses and an army of around 15,000, including former students from Glasgow Kelvin, have signed up to the campaign with real enthusiasm.
They also asked for donations of appropriate fabric, elastic and thread which can be farmed out to the keen machinists. In addition, patterns and templates are required to ensure that the finished article conforms to standards.
And that’s where the talented staff at the College have stepped in. Not only has the College donated bolts of easycare fabric, threads and elastics, but the teaching staff involved have extensive experience of pattern design and production. The patterns they are putting together at home will be posted out to machinists everywhere to help them create the necessary ‘scrubs’ for use on the frontline of the fight.
Fashion Design Lecturer, Sandra Thomson, marshalled the committed staff from her department, including Alison Malcolm, Elaine Carswell and Margaret Kyles, who gathered them to a delighted Holly Baxter-Weir at Fabric Bazaar.
“We are all keen to try and help in some way and this campaign, For The Love Of Scrubs, is an ideal opportunity for us to put our expertise in textiles and our classroom resources into action. The supplies are exactly what are needed for the machinists to produce quality workwear for the NHS. In addition, colleagues and I are working hard to create, cut and deliver the patterns, in a range of sizes, by post and online. Demand has been amazing.
It was a very emotional visit to drop off supplies with Holly. She’s under so much stress and was overwhelmed by the College donation. We really do feel that we are ‘all in this together’ and are happy to make any contribution we can in the effort to combat this virus.”
The College is proud of their contribution and delighted to be able to support such a worthwhile cause.
The NHS Scotland – For The Love of Scrubs is also happy to take donations to its Go Fund Me campaign at www.gofundme.com/f/nr2zv -nhs-scotland-for-the-love-of-scrubs