On the Front Line

On the Front Line


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Gate 41 nurses


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Made by a good friend the first bags


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Made by Vicci Gibbons and Mandy Moody


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Gate 20 gastroenterology 


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Oncology Haematology day unit ladies appreciating their new uniform bags


Rachel Riley

As a nurse on a Covid Palliative Care Ward I've been very anxious about bringing my nurses uniform home.

I saw a post on a Covid nurses Facebook group, and it was someone making uniform bags. A friend of mine had been wanting to help the nurses and I suggested this idea. Within a few days there was a small army of about 4 ladies who began making bags and dropping them on my gate post for me to take into work and distribute to staff.

This amazing crafty army of sewers were doing about 18-20 uniform bags a day along with other helpers and friends in the community dusting of their sewing machines and helping as well. It's been amazing. They also made headbands to protect ears when wearing masks and also had some lovely donations of knitted love hearts (the idea is your loved one in hospital keeps one and the relative keeps the other so they can still be connected).

We decided to set a Facebook page up and ask for donations so we could buy nice fabric. We got some generous donations one being the Pontefract Lioness Club and Castleford and Pontefract Lions District Club. Ackworth Community even dropped some on my gate, Darrington community have been dropping huge supplies of toiletries off on my doorstep too. My friends mum Jo Hodgson put a basket outside her house and has made weekly deliveries to my doorstep and I've just taken them to the wards

Staff have been so grateful and loved the bags. It's an absolute joy to see nurses leaving work with their uniform in their uniform bags that have been made especially for them. it gives peace of mind that they have a specific bag to transport their uniform home in safely. They then put it directly into the washer. Of course, people can use an old pillowcase but it’s obviously not as nice as a lovely handmade bag. They have been distributed to Pontefract, Dewsbury, and Pinderfields Hospitals along with a residential home in Pontefract.

The good will, selflessness and kindness of people is so inspiring.