Made one of the Prime Minister's daily Points of Light
Rosie Taylor-Davies and her team at The Scrubbery have won yet another award.
A Points of Light Award is given out by the Prime Minister every week day to an inspirational volunteer who is making a difference in their community. The programme was started in the US in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush and adopted in the UK in 2014. Since then hundreds of people have been awarded for everything from tackling knife crime to supporting families of dementia patients.
Rosie started sewing scrubs for her daughter who is an NHS doctor in January 2020. This made her aware of a national shortage. Since then, the operation in Putney has grown to a team of 200 volunteers of all ages. They have provided over 26,000 units of scrubs, wash bags and masks to hospitals across London and beyond.
Rosie’s team is also in talks with ‘Sew Solid Crew’, a programme to support those in prison to sew scrubs and encourage them to learn new skills, in the hope of rehabilitating them and providing them with employment on release.
In response to receiving the award, Rosie said, “Completely surprised but delighted to get recognition for the team at The Scrubbery. I have simply provided a platform since February 2020, for hundreds of thoughtful people to make a serious contribution supplying scrubs and other necessary items to every London hospital trust, and further afield, plus at least 50 GP practices and their associated care homes, as well as vaccination clinics all over London.
“We have machinists in their 90s as well as teenagers whom we have taught to sew. Students from local schools doing community service for their Duke of Edinburgh awards. Volunteer riders shuttling items all over the country. People and organisations donating time, money, sewing machines and luxury contents for our wellbeing bags which we have been assembling to give encouragement and thanks to exhausted healthcare workers.
“We have also been lobbying government and NHS departments for change in the design, sizing and weight of the fabric used in the production of scrubs making them more suited to purpose and to standardise the colour of scrubs across hospital trusts to guard against deficit when doctors rotate their work placements to other hospitals.”
Fleur Anderson MP (right) with Rosie at the Scrubbery
Fleur Anderson, MP for Putney, said, “Congratulations to Rosie on receiving this award. It is so well deserved for the dedication she has shown the past 18 months.
“Rosie set up the Putney Scrubbery when she saw that there would be a need for NHS scrubs back in January 2020. She’s only had 2 days off since then and that was for her daughter’s wedding. She has raised the funds, cut the pieces, recruited 200 volunteer sewers and drivers and made thousands of scrubs and well-being bags – she’s unstoppable!
“I visit NHS facilities and vaccination centres a lot and it always brings a smile to my face to see staff wearing their trademark rainbow scrubs!
“In Putney we are very proud of Rosie and all the Scrubbery volunteers for all they have done during the pandemic and this award is a very big thank you.”
Health workers show off their scrubs supplied by the Scrubbery
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July 6, 2021