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A commitment by volunteers in Clare and surrounding villages to helping the NHS is scrubbing up nicely




A team of volunteers from Clare and neighbouring villages have got together to make a consignment of scrubs that have this week been delivered to West Suffolk Hospital to help the ongoing fight against covid-19.

About 50 sets of the cerise-coloured scrubs were taken to Bury St Edmunds hospital by Susan Moore, the owner of Clare Park Lake Golf Course, who came up with the idea within a few days of the coronovirus lockdown starting on March 23.

Susan, who is also the chair of the Clare Business Association, said: “It was the first Sunday after we were in lockdown. I thought, I wonder if we can help make anything for the hospital.”

Clare Park Lake Golf Course owner Susan Moore with some of the scrubs that volunteers have made for West Suffolk Hospital. Picture by Mark Westley
Clare Park Lake Golf Course owner Susan Moore with some of the scrubs that volunteers have made for West Suffolk Hospital. Picture by Mark Westley

She then approached the county councillor for Clare, Mary Evans in order to see if there was a need for scrubs at the hospital.

Susan also enlisted the help of Clare resident Margaret Godwin, and Clare business owner Helen Allison, who lives in Poslingford and the quartet are the main organising group co-ordinating some 20 volunteers.

Cllr Evans said: “We decided it would be a great thing to do – knowing the skills and talents of local people – I contacted the hospital to make sure they wanted scrubs and to get their specifications.”

Susan Moore holds up part of one of the scrubs made for West Suffolk Hospital. Picture by Mark Westley
Susan Moore holds up part of one of the scrubs made for West Suffolk Hospital. Picture by Mark Westley

“Helen set up a JustGiving page to raise the funds for fabric, thread etc, she also organised the printing of patterns.

“Susan organised the cutting out of fabric and “kits” were delivered to volunteers and she spoke to other groups around the country making scrubs to get their top tips.

“I put the idea out on Facebook and Margaret organised the volunteers who came forward.”

Within 24 hours of the fund-raising page being opened, £2,000 was raised, said Susan. That figure is now over £3,500.

Susan sourced 250 metres of fabric from a wholesaler in Tiptree for the first batch of scrubs, and has collected another 250m of fabric, which will be used to make another 50 or so sets. Where they will go is not yet decided.

Susan gave special thanks to Simon Mitchell IMP graphics, The Co Op, Clare, Polstead Press and The Cheap Shop Tiptree for their help.

On the response of the community she said: “There is a lot going on in Clare for such a small town and I’m really proud to be a part of it.”


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