Textiles department make PPE to support the NHS

21 April 2020

The Textiles department have been making scrubs and growns for Broomfield Hospital, with the first batch of scrubs delivered on Tuesday 21 April. Over 100 sets of scrubs were supplied from local volunteers who have been making this vital PPE. Supporting St Mary’s Textiles staff, Mr Alex White, father of Amy in Year 11 has kindly been cutting out the fabric for the scrubs on one of his industrial CAD/CAM machines. The speed and accuracy at which the scrubs can be cut is fantastic, leaving the volunteers to focus on the sewing with many more garments being produced in a day.

The team are now making much needed gowns, the scarcest item of PPE for NHS staff. Head of Textiles, Mrs Parry-Jones submitted a sample which has been submitted to Broomfield Hospital to check the quality meets the required standard. Production to start shortly.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by the group to enable the purchase of fabric, threads, elastic and other materials needed. It costs £22.50 to purchase the material and elastic for one set of scrubs and although the group’s initial goal was to raise enough money to make 50 sets, thanks to kind donations of more £5,500 it’s looking like many more can be produced. For anyone wishing to support this fantastic cause, please see


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