SbN Ladies - Coronavirus Support


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Copied by very kind permission of journalist, Rebecca Creed, & the Colchester Gazette. Many thanks indeeed.


KIND-HEARTED golfers have swapped clubs for sewing needles after hearing of a trust’s struggle to get protective equipment.

Sue Allison, who heads up housing association Peabody’s specialist services had told her mum, Maryan Griffiths, about the difficulties in sourcing PPE.

Keen golfer Maryan promptly enlisted the help of her friend Maureen Adams and members of Stoke by Nayland Golf Club to help make the masks.

So far the women have donated 125 masks to help Peabody’s teams.

Sue said: “Less than three weeks ago I was talking to my mum about the national difficulties with sourcing PPE in particular masks.

 “Mum who is a keen golfer but clearly not playing at the moment did an email to her friends at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club to ask for help.

“The ladies started donating heavy duty cotton to make masks from.

“Week one I got 25 masks, week two 50 masks and another 40 today.

“I am so grateful to them all for helping us in this way and the quirky material designs make them so much less intimidating for people when staff are wearing them.”

And the golfers haven’t stopped yet with the production line still going.

Brendan Sarsfield, Peabody chief executive, said: “I’m so proud of everything Peabody teams are doing to protect vulnerable people with complex needs. They are real heroes.

“We’re doing a lot to meet the challenges of getting enough PPE for staff, but as an organisation we need about 50,000 masks per month. Every single bit of kit helps.

“The key thing with the ones Maureen has made is that they can be washed at high temperatures to kill germs.

“I know our teams are grateful and I’d like to say a huge thank you to Sue, Maryan and Maureen for taking the time and making such a fantastic efforts to help.”