A Peterborough-based fabric and
haberdashery business is doing its bit to help frontline staff stay safe during the pandemic by providing the materials needed for
protective clothing and equipment.
Plush Addict has stayed busy since being forced to close due to Covid-19 by supplying fabric and sewing notions to the sewing community who have put their skills to use in making PPE to supplement the national shortages.
Husband and wife team Jon and Kellie Rose were forced to close their store to the public when the country went into lockdown and furlough their employees, leaving the website live for online orders.
However, they are now busier than ever and looking at ways to bring some staff back following government guidelines to keep up with demand.
Plush Addict started eight years ago as a bedroom business selling fabric and haberdashery.
Initially it began selling supplies to make cloth nappies and grew rapidly to now sell all kinds of fabrics through their Peterborough store and online shop.
Plush Addict is putting together and supplying scrub packs to the Cambridgeshire Scrub Hub and other local communities.
The kits include; suitable fabrics for scrubs cut into appropriate lengths, the threads and drawcords. Fabrics and notions are also being provided for creating headbands and laundry bags. The headbands are “ear savers” and help ease the tension from the masks, and the scrubs can go into the laundry bag taken home and put straight in the washing machine to wash safely.
‘For the Love of Scrubs’ is an army of home sewers who have come together to sew plain clothes worn by NHS and other front-liners who are coming into contact with the public.
Central hubs, such as Cambridgeshire Scrub Hub, have been set up in local areas across the country to coordinate people wanting to offer their help and also a place for medical professionals to put in requests if they are in short supply.
The group which was set up by a nurse now has more than 50,000 members on Facebook.
Jon and Kellie are also supporting ‘Helping with Headbands’ who are two local art/textile teachers on a mission making headbands for those on the frontline. The headbands are used to hook the mask elastic around the headband to help protect their ears.
Jon and Kellie said: ‘When we heard about the local hubs we wanted to get involved and do our bit to help.
“We have been making up the packs, donating and offering materials at cost to several local groups to do our bit and support our key workers during these unprecedented times.
“This week we have another 500 metres coming in for the Cambridgeshire Scrub Hub to make scrubs for Magpas Air Ambulance, a GP surgery in March and individuals at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
“We are now also offering discounted polycotton fabrics to the public so more people can have access and get involved.
“You don’t need to be a professional seamstress. There is a need for scrubs, laundry bags, ear-saver headbands and also volunteer drivers.
“You can also donate to the cause through Go Fund Me to help the group purchase more supplies.”
If you would like to support in any way you can donate to the Cambridgeshire Scrub Hub and Helping Headbands to help raise more money for these groups of volunteers who are making a difference:
lCambridgeshire Scrub Hub fundraising page can be found at: www.gofundme.com/f/
lHelping with Headbands fundraising page is at: www.gofundme.com/f/helpingwithheadbands