A team of local sewers in the Coleraine area has come together with firmus energy to help produce and deliver 50 scrubs to front line workers in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Donations for the cause now stand at £30k, which is being used to buy materials for a growing network of seamstresses who form part of the NI Scrubs group. To date a total of 22,000 scrubs, 12,000 masks and 1,000 gowns have been created with 10 sub-groups across Northern Ireland, joining in the response effort.
Using a donated firmus energy van, firmus employee and seamstress, Angeline Murphy has been an integral figure in the coordination effort, sourcing, cutting and delivering materials, working with local sub-groups and distributing materials to the growing network and hospitals.
Speaking about the impact firmus energy’s donation has made Angeline said,
“firmus energy has made a massive impact on NI Scrubs – being the first company to give its financial support which also gave us confidence. Its donation has allowed us to bulk buy fabric which was then pre-cut with laser cutters in a local aerospace company.
“A total of 800 scrubs have been made with firmus energy’s donation for delivery across Northern Ireland. On top of the £5,000, firmus also donated a van to use to deliver scrub pre-cuts to sub-groups and hospitals. We are so grateful to firmus energy and other industry colleagues who have really got behind this important cause.”
Recognising the need for personal protective equipment in the area, local dressmaker Lorraine McGonigle said:
“I specialise in bridal wear and customisations. To date I’ve had 90 weddings postponed since March and no doubt that figure will rise. I’ve cut 50 sets of scrubs and sewed up approximately 30 sets of those. The other cut sets were sent to Causeway sub group to sew while they waited for more fabric.”
Clara Maybin, NI Scrubs Founder added;
“When I first set up NI Scrubs back in March I don’t think anyone was quite expecting it to become such a huge campaign. It’s captured the hearts of the Northern Ireland folk and created a huge community spirit. Without the help from businesses like firmus energy, this would not have been possible. I would like to thank them so much for their generous donation and assistance with deliveries. We are forever indebted.”