We are a nation about “Keep Calm and Carry On.”
The British public is very good at coming together in times of crisis. This time it is OUR war against a virus.
It is now a pandemic – and every day for weeks, the news reports on the number of cases and the ongoing shortages of Personal Protective Equipment for the frontline workers.
Someone informed Mum that The Fashion School in Kensington & Chelsea had set up a production centre since last Thursday for surgical gowns – one of the main items of PPE. They were urgently looking for volunteers to help.
So Mum and a few of our cockapoo friends’ mums went along on Saturday to volunteer. Mum warned them that she can’t use the sewing machine so they sent her to cut patterns. 🙂
They are using barrier sheets to make the gowns. As they are large and flimsy it”s easier and faster to have two people working on each pattern cutting.
While Barnaby’s mum was sewing.
The next day, Mum was asked to help in the folding department.
As she was folding the gowns, she saw some had messages written on them by the people who were cutting the patterns.
Mum had to wipe away a tear or two. The volunteers are there because they want to protect our front-line workers.
More than a 1000 of these gowns have made their way to the Royal Brompton Hospital since they started production on Thursday!
They need more, a lot more to fight this marathon of a battle.
This and many of such set-ups are chipping in to help in the battling of the virus. They are the “little ships sailing to Dunkirk.” We will win this battle.
May’s comment: As I looked around the rooms of people who were there, I thought – this is London in 2020. How surreal!
How many of us imagined we would be doing this just a couple of months ago? But here we are – on a beautiful Spring day, hunkered down to help with the ongoing shortages of gowns.
All the volunteers there were positive, cooperative and willing. They were all keeping calm and carrying on. Together, we will battle through this.
This is one example of the many centres that have sprung up around the country. People just giving their time to help in any way they can.
Someone also told me about the Maidstone Sewing Group for NHS and keyworkers during Covid19 – one of the many sister groups all coming from For the Love of Scrubs. They are making whatever they can from whatever they have for the NHS.
Logistics in all this PPE acquisition and distribution is unprecedented. No Government can be prepared for the onslaught of the severity of the COVID-19 virus affecting so many sectors of our lives. Having to source and import PPE from countries far and wide. On an ordinary day, we cannot even completely trust some of these sources. But in a pandemic with some countries undercutting others – it is madness! So when we find ourselves in a ditch, we will find ways to make things right. We will do our part – just like all those “little boats sailing to Dunkirk.”
I wish the media (and Opposition Party) would use their “investigative powers” help to discover more of these little set-ups around the country and spread the news, call for enforcement on this battle front rather than play the blame game and shaming the govenrment. Their dramatised and fear reporting is causing further stress and anxiety in a difficult time for all. They should be reporting about these “little boats sailing to Dunkirk” – about hope, about bravery and the good in people.