Fashion Design lecturer, Sinead Lawlor, has started an initiative to support frontline healthcare workers by sewing scrubs. The group has raised over €12,000 and are collaborating with the Irish Countrywomen’s Association, to create and deliver scrubs to frontline healthcare workers across Ireland.
With PPE in short supply worldwide Sinead has utilised a network of exceptional colleagues, during these extraordinary times have responded to create a remote production line. This feat has required exceptional teamwork where members have sourced materials, cutting fabric, sewed and distributed the scrubs within respective communities.
The group is making scrubs in Dublin for St. Marys in Phoenix Park and the Capuchin Centre. The group has delivered scrubs to Portlaoise Hospital and various local nursing homes, with packages containing materials and patterns being sent to colleagues nationwide.
The group has ingeniously devised a system to cut and prepare fabric, ready to sew with all the information, direct to the doorsteps of volunteers nationwide. Sinead is reaching out to skilled people in their homes, with a drive to help their communities in this time of crisis. By supporting the Sew Scrubs for Ireland project, volunteers are both supporting the practical needs of frontline workers and enabling the power of community spirit.
So far the groups GoFundMe page has raised over €12,000 after setting an initial target of €5,000 and collaborating with the Irish Countrywomen’s Association to support the project. For more information about the project, visit the GoFundMe page here.
Project updates from Sinead on the GoFundMe page
Project Update 1
“Well done to Ger Holden and her seamstresses who have been working hard with Kilkenny ICA Guilds. Ger is pictured here with her friend Breda, who lives in Pollrone Nursing Home. Breda was delighted to see the scrubs provided for the staff by Sew Scrubs For Ireland. The Kilkenny sewing crew is still busy and this is their second donation since they began working on the project.”
Image below: Ger Holden and friend Breda and staff at Pollrone Nursing Home
Project Update 2
“The Waterford ICA have now donated more than 30 scrubs to local nursing homes, including to the nurses pictured in Killure Bridge Nursing home. The scrubs made by Mary Birney and her fellow members were gratefully received. Mary says they would like to make more! Well done to all on your brilliant sewing and for the community support given to your local healthcare workers. Kilkenny seamstresses have been just as busy, having donated several scrubs to St Joseph's Home in Kilkenny. Many more scrubs are underway by Ger Holden and the great seamstresses of Kilkenny. I think there is no stopping these ladies in their mission to help! Thank you all for reaching far and wide on this community sewing project.”
Image below: volunteers donating to St Joseph’s Home in Kilkenny
Project Update 3
“Portlaoise volunteers have donated more than 50 scrubs to Portlaoise hospital. A great team effort made doable by Anne Payne's coordination skills, with huge support from Stephen and Liam of Laois Civil Defence who helped distribute scrubs to volunteers. A new group of volunteers will begin work on a second donation.”
Image below: Volunteers donating to Portlaoise hospital