AN ARMY of military wives have been sewing scrubs for army doctors at Frimley Park Hospital and are calling for more volunteers to join them.

Sewers in Sandhurst have formed as part of The Forces Scrub Hub, which was set up by Kelly Pollard to support military spouses working from home due to Covid-19.

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The Forces Scrub Hub now has a team of 250 cutters, sewers, washers and drivers all pulling out the stops to produce scrubs, hats, visors and scrub bags.

A local tech repairs shop, TC Tech Repairs in Sandhurst has also got involved to be used as a drop off point, where volunteers can pick up fabric, donate material and take any finished items.

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The group has also received a substantial donation from Scrubs Glorious Scrubs, a national sewing project supported by Noah Evans (son of TV and radio legend Chris Evans) who has been camping out in his back garden to raise more than £1.2million.

The funding has enabled the Sandhurst team to bulk-buy material and they now hope to sew at least 2,000 items by the end of May.

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Kelly, who runs her business Little Chi Chis Embroidery, from the Sandhurst Coworking Hub, said: “I saw on Facebook that Scrubs Glorious Scrubs were doing an amazing job of getting people to sew scrubs for Frimley Park Hospital and it made me realise that the medics on the camp at Sandhurst were probably facing the same problem.”

With the new regulations meaning that doctors can no longer wear their regular clothes, and are required to wash scrubs after every shift, military medics have faced the same worries about scrubs shortages as other healthcare professionals.

The items made by the Forces Scrub Hub team are designed so that everything can be removed at the end of the shift, put straight into a bag and into the washing machine to reduce the risk of contamination at home.

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Mrs Pollard added: “The Military Coworking Hub is all about bringing people together and helping military spouses overcome social isolation.

"The Forces Scrub Hub has enabled us to keep that community spirit alive. We have had people thanking us for organising the project, when they are the ones doing the hard work, cutting and sewing! So many people have told us that it has given them a real sense of purpose and something to focus on whilst in lockdown, and made people feel like they are not powerless; they can do something that really helps their local community fight this battle”.