Teachers from the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) curriculum area at Leicester College have volunteered to team up and produce free PPE clothing for local and regional NHS staff during the pandemic lockdown.
The clothing will be produced by the team of 25 staff, working from home and at the College’s Belgrave Ross Walk Training Centre, and includes aprons, overalls, head bands, scrub caps, scrubs and scrub bags. Over 400 scrub bags, 60 scrub caps and 120 PPE aprons were produced in the first week of working. All clothing produced will be donated for free to NHS workers at local and regional NHS hospitals including Glenfield and the Birmingham Nightingale hospital.
The Leicester College staff operation is supporting the Loft25 NHS PPE campaign with Namdhari Sikh Sangat and Syston Charity Crafting.
Manjit Bhambra, ESOL Teacher at Leicester College said: “We wanted to help and registered for the NHS Voluntary Project. Although for safety reasons, we’re not able to access the main fashion and textiles departments at the St Margaret’s Campus, we do have some industrial sewing machines at Ross Walk and are hoping to be as productive as possible, for as long as it takes.”
Verity Hancock, Principal of Leicester College added: “This staggering amount of PPE is the result of thorough planning, sheer hard work and great team work. There have also been very generous donations of bedding, fabric and other accessories which have kept the machines moving the whole week and we’d like to thank the facilities team at Ross Walk for their support as well, ensuring their safety and supplying hand sanitiser!”