23 April 2020
Replacing wedding veils with scrubs, Romantic Dreams - a bridal boutique in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter - has become the local centre for Brum Scrubs creating thousands of scrubs for local medical professionals.
The Scrub Hub network began in Hackney Wick in London but has spread to include volunteer groups up and down the country. In just under two weeks, the Birmingham group has grown to a team of over 180 volunteers including sewers and delivery drivers. Romantic Dreams bridal shop is one of the two Birmingham hubs for sewing activities and acts as a drop off and pick-up location for materials and finished products.
As well as ensuring all volunteers are adhering to government guidance on social distancing, the team are keeping up with a huge demand for scrubs. Following a successful fundraising campaign that raised £5,000, the team has been able to purchase more fabric and send out sewing kits to local volunteers to keep up with the increasing demand.
Sammy Dingley from Romantic Dreams said: "The community spirit shown during this project from our army of local sewers has been incredible and is what Romantic Dreams has always been about — going above and beyond to make a real difference."
Not only are the team of volunteers creating free scrubs, but they are even going the extra mile by including washable drawstring bags and ear guards to ease the stress for NHS workers wearing masks throughout their shift.
As the operation is rapidly expanding the team still needs help from volunteers and donors.
You can get in touch with Brum Scrubs via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit their social media pages on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to find out more about their current activities and how you can get involved.
Thank you to Jewellery Quarter BID for sharing this story.