Hospital campaigner’s sheets used to make scrubs for NHS staff

Cllr John Blackie.

Bedding used by a holiday cottage company founded by hospital campaigner John Blackie is being used to make scrubs for NHS staff.

Dozens of sheets and pillowcases have been handed to volunteers to be sewed together for use by doctors and nurses fighting the coronanvirus.

Cllr Blackie died last year after a long battle with cancer. The Upper Dales county councillor was a passionate campaigner for the NHS and spearheaded a campaign to Save the Friarage when its future was uncertain.

His partner Jill McMullon said it was the ideal use for the bedding used by John’s former company, Country Cottage Holidays.

Jill said: “When I saw there was a call for scrubs for the Friarage I though that would absolutely fitting

“John worked tirelessly for the Friarge and it would be the perfect place for them to go to.

“If he was still around he would certainly have approved of it.”

The scrubs and bags are being stitched together by volunteers in Aysgarth. They are members of the Crafty Crew, a social club launched by local resident Jill Metcalfe.

Another member of the group, Clare Colman, said: “We have people are self-isolating themselves.

“This is is something we can all do while still shielding and feel we have done something to help.”

The group offered to help after an appeal was issued by Julie Greenslade, who is coordinating the Upper Covod-19 Support Group.

Julie said there were a number of volunteers helping make scrubs and bags for them to go in across the Dales as part of the Yorkshire Scrubs project. [kofi]

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  1. It would be nice to have photos of us all who are Doing scrubs and bags. I made bags hats arm bands and face masks

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