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Our volunteer group based around Crickhowell has made 6 sets of scrubs, 75 scrub caps, 1,147 scrub bags, 30 wash bags, 450 headbands and 1,500 ear-savers for the NHS and other key workers in two weeks and has so far raised £2,400 to buy materials.

The group started with three of us making things for a family member who is a nurse but the greater need was clear so we spread the word and things took off! We are now 35 strong and still growing. We started with simpler things – bags and ear-savers – and are now also making headbands, scrub caps and scrubs themselves. We aim to make at least 40 sets of scrubs.

We have had some wonderful feedback. From a nurse, “I want to take the opportunity to say a massive thank you. With the support of people like you enables us to do our best to keep our selves safe and those around us. You are so kind and thoughtful.”

One of our group said, “Great to know that they are being used. I like the messages that you have had of people asking if they can buy them – it shows how they cannot believe people are doing things for them for free – even though we know how much they are doing for us. To me this just shows how in our pre-Covid 19 society too many people expected something in return – we had forgotten how to just look after each other. Let us just hope that learning to look after each other and being kinder is the legacy that this horrible time leaves us.”

We have had terrific support from our community, including generous donations from the Crickhowell Rotary Club, Crickhowell Choral Society and Den Jessopp. Our husbands are helping with ordering and delivering – the box at the end of my drive is becoming the best-known place in Crickhowell! Many of us have never met but we will party when it’s safe. It’s all about the volunteers, kindness and compassion.

Zoe Vicary

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