Posted on: Friday 1 May 2020
Torfaen Adult Community Learning’s (ACL) Advanced Sewing learners have been putting their skills to great use in their own homes making scrubs, scrub bags and patient belongings bags for our excellent NHS service.
One of our learners, Brenda Chandler, was instrumental in organising this group of talented women. Brenda was contacted by Karen Stott (a previous ACL tutor) with the idea of putting the learners skills to good use. The groups tutor Liz Williams, two previous dressmaking tutors, and a few friends all jumped to the challenge.
Brenda told us: “Karen knew that I would be able to enlist an enthusiastic and talented group of dressmakers to help her achieve this goal. Sewing is a pleasure, and to be able to put the skill to such a worthy cause is tremendous for us all.
“A delivery of scrubs and bags was made last week to St Cadoc’s hospital in Newport and was gratefully received. The work is continuing and a second delivery will be made soon.
“We’d like to thank friends and family who have donated to our group so far to help us fund this project. Without your help it would not be possible.”
Claire Birchall the Director of Operations at Aneurin Bevan Health Board (ABHB) has thanked the group for their hard work.
Claire was particularly impressed with the quality of the scrubs and said: “The staff will be fighting over these scrubs. They are really high quality and we are blown away. You are all fantastic and your work is genuinely appreciated by the local NHS”.
Councillor Joanne Gauden, Executive member for Economy, Skills and Regeneration, said: “I am thrilled that the group have had such amazing feedback from the people who received their items at ABHB, they have clearly worked hard on creating the items.
“It just goes to show that when tutors and learners are so dedicated they really can make a difference to lives. The passion this group are showing is overwhelming, and being able to help the NHS during this unprecedented time is a fantastic thing to do. I would like to say well done to everyone involved.”