20th April 2020 — Pupils and staff at The Blue Coat School in Harborne, Birmingham, are joining the nation’s sewers to help our NHS Heroes. Head of Design & Technology, Mrs Lynn, has made an appeal to the school community to join her in a special sewing project.
Many NHS staff are having to bring their worn uniforms home and have found material bags really useful in order to prevent the spread of infection. They put their uniforms in them, then they go straight into the washing machine.
The Blue Coat School has found itself very close to the work of our NHS heroes as many BCS parents are working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital close by, as well as other hospitals across the Midlands. The laundry bags have proved an instant hit and doctors are not only using them personally but they are taking supplies back to their colleagues at the hospital.
Mrs Lynn says: “ The idea came out of a conversation with my daughter Sophie, who is a nurse working at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. We are grateful to the School’s DT supplier, KBT Fabric in Saltley, who has donated several hundred metres of fabric. I have been sending out pre-cut pieces to families or they have used sheeting and pillow cases. We obviously don’t want to encourage any unnecessary travel to school so the post has been ideal as the material is lightweight. In the first week we have cut out 220 bags and 110 have already been sewn and dispatched to NHS workers. I have been delighted to discover so many sewing bees at Blue Coat, it has been a real team effort!”
Headmaster, Mr Neeson adds: “When the School closed to the majority of pupils on 20th March in line with government advice, we remained open to help families of Key Workers. We have had between 50 and 100 pupils attend each day and we are now offering a free holiday club to continue to support those families. I am extremely proud of our school community, it has been wonderful to see grandparents and former pupils also keen to get involved, the project has really taken off. I have so much admiration for the NHS staff putting themselves at risk working on the front line in this Covid-19 pandemic; all of us at The Blue Coat School are keen to help in any way that we can.”