Inspired by an article she read in the Metro, Surrey Adult Learning Soft Furnishings Tutor, Kim Hopwood, visited a Facebook page set up by an A&E Nurse who had set about making scrubs for herself and her colleagues.
Kim identified that none of her local hospitals; Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, St Peters Hospital in Chertsey and Frimley Park Hospital in Frimley, featured on the list.
Inspired by this initiative and wanting to give something back to those working to keep us safe, Kim leapt into action. Rallying her friends, colleagues and Surrey Adult learners past and present, Kim quickly established a group of willing volunteers, ready to use their skills to make a difference.
On 1 April 2020, Kim created a Just Giving page with the intention of raising £200 in order to buy some basic supplies. Word quickly spread amongst the group and, to date, donations have grown to a staggering £2,669; the group are overwhelmed by the generosity shown and thank those who have already donated. This money has enabled Kim to purchase patterns, fabrics and basic sewing supplies and she has since delivered kits and rolls of fabric to many of the volunteers, with help from her husband Robin.
The group, known as Sew Sew Scrubs, have been busy cutting from patterns and have already assembled complete sets of scrubs in a short space of time.
It's a testament to Kim that she has managed to bring together a large group of keen volunteers who are now working as a team, sharing ideas and overcoming any difficulties together. The group has a WhatsApp group which they use to keep in touch with each other, and this has helped to build a great sense of community.
Kim is extremely grateful to those who have offered their support; from Learners, (past and present) and friends including Lieutenant Colonel Neil Stace, who was a finalist on The Sewing Bee in 2015 (aired on BBC).
If you would like to donate, please do through their the Just Giving page.