Ribble Valley Scrub Hub
Rotarians join the Scrub Hub team of volunteers...
Clitheroe based Fiona Belcham asked Rotary to assist with her Ribble Valley Scrub Hub
Fiona, the inspiration to the Ribble Valley Scrub Hub runs Patches and Buttons in Moor Lane, Clitheroe, Lancashire. Due to lockdown the shop was closed and having seen the problems surrounding the supply of PPE to her closest friend decided to do something about it! Production, distribution, together with 'how to' videos soon came together with volunteers with sewing machines eager to fill their lockdown days with something positive to do. A GoFundMe me page was also set up to receive donations for the purchase of materials etc. PPE has been provided free of charge to health Centres, Care Homes, Care Charities, Nurses and to anyone with a need.
Rotary members were asked to help by Clitheroe Rotarian Andy Belcham and Clitheroe President Jenni Schuman stepped forward to mobilise our People of Action, including Rotarians Chrissy Naylor, Phil Naylor and Sandy Morrison.
A sell out limited edition fundraising Rotary branded mask has also been produced using specially printed fabric.
To date over £10,000 in donations have been received in less than 100 days in donation with an impressive +70No. Volunteers including the sewing team, delivery drivers, logistics, ordering systems, and all that COVID-19 Safe paperwork. 1800m of fabric sewn, 2600m of elastic deployed (that is over 1.6 miles!), nearly 4500No. Masks, over 450No. Headbands, 850No. Washbags and 316No. sets of Scrubs made and distributed entirely free of charge to those who needed them.
Any funds left over once the Scrub Hub closes will be donated to NHS charities.