Following on from our news feature about Ilkley U3A members making scrubs for key workers, more U3A members from across the country have got in touch to tell us about how they are also involved with local efforts to make PPE for the NHS.
As lots of U3A members are self-isolating, many are using the extra time to sew scrubs, scrub bags and masks.
Members of Flintshire U3A are making scrub bags, which make it easier to transport and wash scrubs with minimum contamination.
Several members of Chepstow U3A’s Handicraft members have made scrubs, tie-back hats and scrub bags from donated old pillowcases and fabrics.
Meanwhile, the Made it! Make it! Page is full of members showing the scrubs, face masks, hair support and other equipment they’ve made for key workers.
It’s not only sewers who are helping either as members of all experiences and circumstances are finding ways to contribute. Some members, such as Sue from Culm Valley U3A, are fabric couriers, whilst others cut or dye the fabric.
Helensburgh & District U3A Member Anne is helping by cutting out the fabric which is then transported to the sewers. Anne is a part of the local ‘Sew Grateful’ group on Rosneath Peninsula. She says, "I cut out the bags for the local group where I live. Today, I cut out nearly 70 bags from a sheet and two duvet covers, which are donated. I may be disabled and house-bound but I can contribute with help which is so satisfying".
Just another example of the contribution that U3A members are making every day to the communities around them even during this lockdown period.