Carol Scrubs up nicely
A GRAYS woman has recruited family and friends to make over 80 sets of clinical scrubs for Basildon Hospital. Carol Benham, a semi-retired curtain maker from Bradleigh Avenue saw an appeal for people with sewing skills to make scrubs for Queens Hospital in Romford. She contacted Basildon Hospital to see if they needed them. After a few practice sets, Carol started phoning around for donations to buy the special cotton fabric.
“I got a donation from Henry De Grey Masonic Lodge and Comprehensive Carpentry Limited then it went on WhatsApp and lots of neighbours chipped in” said Carol. ” All the ladies worked very hard to achieve a professional standard and we had a lot of laughs along the way”
Carol recruited 15 friends, all women aged 60 to 80, who cut, stitched and finished the outfits with husband Michael doing logistics. At the same time, she collected 5 boxes of toiletries for patient admission packs at the hospital and Thurrock Women’s Refuge.
Rachel Webster of Basildon Hospital Patient Advice and Liaison Service said “The scrubs were greatly welcomed by staff who were working long shifts wearing full PPE in difficult conditions. I am in awe of what the community has provided to the hospital during the crisis.”
Carol raised £2900 in donations and spent £700 on materials. The remaining money is being donated to the hospital where it will go towards the establishment of a sensory garden.