Newport / Casnewydd South-East Wales

Newport U3A’s Scrubbers

Newport U3A's Scrubbers.

Newport University of the Third Age is a self-help charitable organisation that aims to advance the education of retired people. We have had to curtail our activities since the Coronavirus Lock Down and self-isolate as many of our members are in the vulnerable category.                                                                                                          
When the Aneurin Bevan Scrubbers was initiated in response to the COVID-19 outbreak our Welfare Officer and Chairman's daughter, Lisa, became a coordinator for Newport and Caerleon and recruited over 30 of our members, many from the Craft Group, to help create and supply scrubs to the NHS (hospitals and surgeries) and other care providers. Scrubs are usually worn by medics but are now used as personal protective equipment to prevent the spread of the virus. All fabric offerings were supplied by volunteers and even included clean bedding such as Peppa Pig and Superman duvet covers! In all, they made well over 2000 pieces of PPE at the time when it was needed the most.                                                                                    

Sewing is a pleasure for our members and to put it to such a worthy cause gave them a sense of purpose and community during this challenging