Appeal: Materials needed for wash bags for NHS

Appeal: Materials needed for wash bags for NHS

Local seamstress Dawn Watson is making & donating wash bags to nurses and NHS workers and she is in need of donations of materials so that she can continue her outstanding work.

So far, she has made and donated two batches of wash bags – approx. 65 to A&E and 60 to ICU and Respiratory care unit at Airedale Hospital.  She’s looking to make many more for donation to Blackburn & Preston Hospitals etc. 

“I work at Ava Rose Hamilton Bridal Boutique in Colne as a seamstress and there are 5 of us that work there. Three of us are making the wash bags and the other two are making scrubs.”

The Ava Rose staff doing this whilst working from home are Dawn Watson, Georgia Kegg, Victoria Entwistle, Joan Taylor and Hayley Foster.This is a fantastic example of great community spirit as well as a local business re purposing. What great results they are achieving. Can you help them with their desire to make even more?

What’s needed?

  • Pillow cases – new or old, as long as they are clean.
  • Webbing (which is used for the drawstring top. The sort used on apron strings)

“They need to be clean. You can either leave them in a bag in my front garden (44 church Street, Trawden) or on the doorstep of my sewing room shop next door.”

Why wash bags?

Dawn says,

“The idea behind the wash bags is that the nurse or NHS worker takes off their uniform at work and puts them straight into the pillowcase wash bag and then takes them home. They can be straight into the washing machine without taking the uniform out of the pillowcase and it is washed all in one go, therefore reducing the risk of spread of the Covid-19 virus.”

Ava Rose Hamilton Bridal Wear

Photographs: © Dawn Watson (reproduced with permission).

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