Debbie Ison, a Hinkley Point visitor guide, is volunteering her time as part of Taunton Scrubbers to help the NHS in their hour of need. The Scrubbers is a group of local volunteers set up to make what the NHS needs now.
There are currently 500 scrubbers sewing, knitting and crocheting scrubs, hats, headbands, bags and masks for frontline NHS staff. They are beavering away at home in Somerset, responding to the needs of Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton, as well as surgeries throughout Somerset, as part of a nationwide effort.
Debbie normally spends her days taking the public around the Hinkley Point sites, but as visits are on hold due to the pandemic, Debbie has capacity to help.
Debbie said, “I started my working career from the ‘bottom’ up, as a designer of ladies underwear for Marks and Spencer’s. Years later, I had my own bridal-wear business, so I’ve always had an interest in creativity and making garments. My skills may be a little rusty, since becoming a Tour Guide, but I’m sure they’ll ‘scrub’ up again! It is a pleasure and a privilege to be able to help our wonderful NHS.”
The group is desperately in need of material to continue making scrubs. If you're able to donate material, or if you can sew and have capacity to help, then please contact the Taunton Scrubbers on Facebook or Twitter.