Thank you to the wonderful people at the Little House Lincoln for keeping us supplied with scrubs during a difficult year

9th March 2021

St Barnabas Hospice are very grateful to the Little House Lincoln who have donated 368 sets of scrubs, 317 scrubs bags and a number of embroidered hearts over the past year.

The Little House Lincoln formed in April 2020 and responded in a fantastic way to the coronavirus pandemic. Almost a year on and they have made and delivered an incredible 13,562 sets of scrubs locally, plus other items including scrubs bags, scrubs caps, patient nightwear, face coverings, ear savers and paired hearts. This brings their total of items made to around 29,000!

These items have been made by sewers in Lincoln, Horncastle, Sleaford, Wragby, Market Rasen, Thorney, Louth, Stamford and other areas across Lincolnshire. They have been delivered to a range of healthcare settings including local hospitals, NHS community staff, mass testing and vaccination teams, care homes and other frontline care staff.

Pearl Constance, Area Coordinator for the group said, “The reasons people have for wanting to make and donate scrubs varies greatly from person to person. For most of us it was a way to make and valuable contribution whilst being in lockdown. Some have personal reasons for wanting to give back to the NHS or Hospice, after care they, family members or friends have received. Many on furlough or having lost their jobs saw it as a way to use their skills and time to help those in the frontline. Many, especially those shielding have said it has been great for their own mental health, they have been able to contribute the a community group whilst keeping safe.

“For me personally, as a theatre Costumier I had lost my work for the foreseeable future, so I had the time and skills needed. I was concerned for the safety of my family all key workers, a teacher, a police officer and a doctor and I decided to put my time and skill to good use and keep busy. I didn’t know how busy that would be! I expected to make 10 or 20 sets and offered to put a box on my drive as a collection point, I never expected to become an area coordinator but I have met the most amazing community of people and although at times it has got a bit much I don’t regret doing it.”

The group is always welcoming new sewers to come on board and have asked people to get in touch by emailing thelittlehouselincoln@gmail.com or visiting their Facebook group.

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