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Blackburn College Staff Create PPE for Key Care Workers

Blackburn College Staff Create PPE for Key Care Workers

Blackburn College staff are working to support the national effort to stop the country’s PPE shortages.

The College’s Fashion and Textiles Technicians and Facilitators, Gwyneth Clarkson and Andrew Mathison, have been creating scrub washbags and PPE button bands to help support key care workers.

The duo have been using the professional pattern cutting and sewing workshops at the Blackburn College campus, whilst adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Gwyneth and Andrew have both received positive feedback! Molly, who is a nurse at Burnley General Hospital, said: "They're amazing! I love the button band that goes at the back of my head.

"The headbands are also great. I've always found headbands slide backwards and end up nearly falling off, but the one that you clip behind your head is brilliant! I love my scrubs bag too, it's so convenient. Thank you very much."

Andrew said: “With the College’s workshops and materials, it is the least we can do. Key workers are putting their health at risk on a daily basis whilst they continue their incredible work. We’re just doing a small part in helping to ensure their safety.”

Head of School (Creative and Digital), Annie Kerfoot, said: “We have the facilities and materials at Blackburn College to help this national effort, so it’s excellent to see Gwyneth and Andrew’s initiative to support key care workers with PPE.

“The College runs a variety of pattern cutting, sewing machine skills, fashion and textile courses for adults interested in a career in this industry, including the Sewing Sector Skills Academy for those looking for work or those who wish to retrain and open their own sewing business.

“There are also school leaver courses that have previously led to students progressing on to fashion and textile higher education across the country.”

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20 May 2020, 13:33 PM