NHS workers in Cumbria have benefited from hundreds of accessories which were sewn by an Avanti West Coast employee.
Customer Service Assistant, Diane Forrester, who is based at Carlisle, joined family and friends in supporting North and West Cumbria Scrub Hub.
North and West Cumbria Scrub Hub is a voluntary community group which makes scrubs and accessories for NHS staff and frontline workers around Cumbria during the pandemic.
Diane teamed up with her family to dedicate their spare time to creating the accessories after hearing about the shortage of scrubs for the NHS.
Between them, they have made and delivered 550 scrub bags, 140 ear protectors and 210 headbands to NHS workers in Cumbria. They also posted items out to hospital workers further afield where they were in need.
Diane has also started to create masks for family and friends.
Diane said: “I did not need to give any thought to help during the pandemic. The NHS were going through a crisis we have never experienced in our lifetime – the stories of the shortage of personal protective equipment and staff being separated from their families to keep them safe was heart-breaking. It has been an amazing joint effort to support NHS workers – it’s unlike anything I have ever done before and I’m proud to be a part of it. I loved being able to make a small difference and it’s great to help other areas of the local community who need support during this time.”
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