A COMMUNITY fund set up to support local projects is helping a group of North Yorkshire volunteers making scrubs for NHS staff during the Covid-19 crisis.

Residents on Broadacres Housing Association’s Community Development Fund Panel have approved a grant of £500 to North Yorkshire Scrubs.

The money is already being used to buy fabric to make scrubs for NHS staff working at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.

North Yorkshire Scrubs coordinator Sarah Pym said: “North Yorkshire Scrubs, which is part of the Yorkshire Scrubs – for Love of Scrubs group, was set up on April 9 to provide scrubs for NHS staff working in the front-line of the Covid-19 crisis within Yorkshire.

"The phone call I received from the Friarage (FHN) asking for help started it all off.

“Through this kind donation from Broadacres, along with donations from other organisations and individuals, we have managed to raise £6,500 in just over two weeks, which is amazing.

“This has enabled us to buy the fabric needed to make 300 lightweight scrubs for staff at the FHN to wear under their PPE, and we’re now also busy making more for Harrogate District Hospital and other NHS facilities in both this area and in other parts of Yorkshire.”

There are now around 200 volunteers, with collection and drop off points in Bedale, Masham, Ripon, Northallerton and Thirsk.

To join the group search ‘North Yorkshire Scrubs’ on Facebook.