Scrubbing up nicely!


Her usual line of work may have been curtailed

Her usual line of work may have been curtailed, but the coronavirus lockdown has not deterred  Sarah from using her sewing skills to diversify.

“I’m very pleased to have been able to use my experience to help cut out and sew scrubs for our local NHS and care homes as part of the ‘for the love of scrubs’ group,” says Sarah.

She’s been busy at the sewing machine in her workroom based above Potbury’s in Sidmouth’s High Street.

“In these unprecedented times it’s important we all play our part using the skills we have  - the shortages of personal protective equipment have been well publicised so to support our fantastic NHS and care staff is a really gratifying way to put my skills to good use.

“Apparently I’m known as the ‘super speedy cutter’ – in this situation it’s good to get a reputation!”

The facebook group ‘Emma Wickham - for the love of scrubs East Devon’ is looking for donations to buy fabric so if you can help please get in touch with them.

Sarah has also been sewing face masks which she sells in batches of 10. She says that although the masks could be washed, the recommendation is to wear them once, adding that while cut from a specific pattern they are not designed to conform to British safety standards.

 “We have sold to individuals and businesses and had really positive feedback. Businesses we have supplied to are happier they are keeping staff safe. And for the people who are wearing them, it makes them feel safer as well.”

“The masks can be delivered to your door by my husband Nick, out on his bike for his daily exercise!”

“Like all of us I’m looking forward to when the lockdown is eased and we head towards some kind of normality. I want to get back to what I love doing - helping clients fulfil their dreams.”

You can read about what Sarah has been doing on East Devon News and the Sidmouth Herald.

Published: 3rd May