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Scrubtastic Rutland makes baby bags for new mums at St Mary’s Birth Centre in Melton




A year ago volunteers across the area rallied to ensure NHS staff had enough scrubs to get them through the pandemic.

Scrubtastic Rutland, created by Jean Denyer in March last year, made more than 1,200 scrubs and 1,500 laundry bags for NHS workers and care home staff.

Jean said: “I’m a NHS volunteer for Rutland Memorial Hospital, I support at end of life but because of covid I wasn’t allowed to go in the ward environment.

“I knew I wanted to support nurses and doctors that were involved.

Nurses at St Mary's Birth Centre in Melton
Nurses at St Mary's Birth Centre in Melton

“I can’t sew so I put an advert in Next Door Oakham asking if anyone was interested in sewing scrubs.”

As the need for scrubs and laundry bags died down, the group was eager to continue its sewing mission to help those in need.

Jean, who lives in Oakham, said:”People came back and said ‘haven’t you got any other projects?’

“Then I thought what we need is to supporting new life coming in.

“Everyone is really down about covid and people are dying but at the other end of the spectrum new life is starting.

“With covid there’s obviously issues and difficulties with people money wise.

“I wanted it to be something to bring pleasure to a new mum at that time so I came up with the idea of baby bags.”

Each baby bag contains a handmade blanket and toiletries for both the baby and mum, which have been donated.

Andrea Dziemianko, team leader at St Mary’s Birth Centre Melton, thanked the group for their donations.

“In 30 years of midwifery I have never experienced such a kind and thoughtful idea for mums who are particularly struggling during this pandemic,” she said.

Anyone wishing to donate or volunteer should e-mail: jeandenyer@rocketmail.com.



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