THIS furloughed member of staff has been busy helping out a team of seamstresses in Ascot, sewing scrubs and donating them to local hospitals.

Linda Guntrip, senior sales advisor for local homebuilders David Wilson Homes, is currently on furlough during the coronavirus lockdown, and has been using her time to help out the NHS by jumping on the sewing machine and making non-surgical scrubs.

The scrubs are being donated to NHS Frimley Heath Trust, which manages Frimley Park Hospital, Camberley, Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot, and Wexham Park Hospital, Slough.

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Ms Guntrip said: “It’s a great cause to support. I can’t imagine the hardships the key workers are facing on the frontline and we’re making the scrubs in a variety of colourful cottons which are designed to be more cheerful.

“We are asked to put a personal note in the pockets of the scrubs, so the NHS employees are also getting a message of encouragement and support.

"I have a son and a daughter so I used to make their school’s nativity costumes for 17 years.

"This was almost like learning to ride a bike again!"

Lynda Yong, founder of Scubs Glorious Scrubs, the organisation managing the team of seamstresses, owns a fashion shop in Ascot and has decided to make eye-catching scrubs for the doctors and nurses using them.

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She added: "To make sure I was sewing the scrubs correctly, I used an old bedsheet as suggested by Lynda to make a prototype.

"It’s simply a case of sewing each part of the scrubs following the patterns and instructions provided by Scrubs Glorious Scrubs’ amazing team.

"I am proud to be a part of such a great initiative."

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