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Chefs cook up a storm for Causeway Hospital Scrubs

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Steven McAuley / McAuley Multimedia
BT Coleraine

Freelance Chef Derek Steele on behalf of the Causeway Chefs For NHS handed over a cheque for £4167.75 to Claire O’Kane this morning, one of the Coordinators of the NI Scrubs Causeway Coast.

Derek Steele along with 6 local Chefs took part in a two week programme of cooking videos which were broadcast online via Causeway Coast Community, with a daily appeal to viewers to donate to their Just Giving page.

Derek thanked all those who had donated, sent well wishes and watched the videos adding ‘The participating Chefs were overwhelmed by the support, which was much appreciated, particularly at this uncertain and challenging time for the Hospitality Industry’.

The NI Scrubs group is an army of volunteers producing protective wear for NHS front line workers in the Causeway Coast region and beyond. Sheila Jackson, Alice McGill and Claire O’Kane work together to organise and manage the 100 plus strong team of stitches, drivers and general helpers.

Claire O’Kane explained how the money will be used. ‘We are now in a position to purchase more material suitable for protective wear, enabling us, for the moment to continue production.

Sheila Jackson announced last week that, to date, the group has produced over 1000 sets of scrubs, and in addition to this incredible achievement they have also produced gowns, drain bags, scrub hats and masks. Claire added ‘We have also had direct contributions in addition to the Causeway Chefs 4 NHS fundraiser which has really help us continue our work.

The future demand for garments remains uncertain but the group are committed to completing all the requests they receive’.

The Causeway Chefs For NHS may have gone their separate ways but the individual Chefs are continuing to share recipes and tips online on their individual social media pages.

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