Image: Angela Murphy holding her son beside a carload of donated fabric for NI Scrubs Group

By Jessica Black, BBC Local News Partnership

Volunteers are sewing thousands of scrubs for healthcare workers who have run out. 

NI Scrubs Group launched last Friday, and now has more than 2000 members. In just four days they’ve fielded hundreds of requests from desperate staff on the frontline of the Covid-19 crisis, some ordering for entire wards. 

Angeline Murphy, one of the group’s co-ordinators, said she was getting messages from health workers whose wards didn’t have enough scrubs or were due to join the frontline but didn’t have any protective gear. 

Volunteers have been inundated by requests for scrubs from desperate health workers

She’s also been messaged by a mother who had to take her disabled daughter home from the children’s hospital, and needed scrubs for the nurses who came to care for her. 

Ms Murphy, a former Great British Sewing Bee contestant, said: “Hundreds of people are asking for 10, 20 or 30 for their ward: ‘can you send it to the ICU, can you send it to ward x’.

“They’ve been promised these scrubs and they haven’t delivered so it’s all hands on the sewing machine.”

Fabric donations need to be clean, polycotton blend, to withstand high temperature washes

Seána Grant’s sister is a respiratory registrar in Liverpool. 

This weekend she ran out of scrubs. 

Ms Grant said: “She’s working between dirty wards [with Covid-19 infected patients] and clean wards and to see such a surge from people from where she’s from has been absolutely overwhelming. 

“Staff are clinging to any sort of positive message they receive from the public.”

The volunteers are stitching, giving fabric, delivering – and donating. So far thousands of pounds have been raised to buy materials.

To donate money, visit

For more information find NI Scrubs Group on Facebook.

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