During lockdown Dawn, who owns the Elizabeth Arnold Sewing Studio at Lady Heyes has used her time and skill making much needed scrubs and face coverings for careworkers. Assisted by her sister Sandra, who happily stepped in to help, they have so far donated 352 sets of scrubs and 352 wash bags for the scrubs to be safely transported home. Dawn has also made over 200 face coverings for care homes. Fantastic effort ladies.

Initially Dawn made scrubs for friends and family who work in the NHS then some fabric was kindly donated by John at Perfect Floors & Interiors. It was then that Sandra started to help with the cutting out but 10 days later production ground to a halt when Dawn’s overlocker broke down. Local resident, Phillipa Cowley organised a ‘go fund me’ page and within hours there was more than enough money to buy a new machine plus more fabric and elastic so they carried on.

After several weeks a few volunteers offered to help with the sewing, which Dawn co-ordinated. The two sisters worked long days in the studio not leaving until 7pm then cut out the scrubs at home for the helpers until 11pm-12 at night!

The scrubs have gone in bulk to:

Whitchurch Community Hospital, Warrington Paediatrics Department, The Knoll Surgery, Elton and Helsby Surgeries, Helsby Dentist, Newton Hall Care Home, Frodsham Community Nurses and a Doctors Surgery in Chester.

Lots more have gone out individually to Community Nurses, Loxley Hall Care Home, District Nurses, Alder Hey, The Countess of Chester, Clatterbridge and Arrowpark hospitals and three have even been sent to desperate nurses in scotland!

Dawn said “It’s been extremely hard work and although it was very stressful at times I do feel very proud of us for getting on and doing it. I’m definately not the type to sit back when there’s something I’m capable of doing. I hope we’ve made a difference. Some of the fun designs that have gone to staff on children’s wards at Warrington Hospital will hopefully make a family smile. If that helps someone during this difficult time it was a worth it”.

The scrubs have been donated totally free to care workers and Dawn is now making face coverings to help the business tick over. Priced at just £4 each in a variety of colours, please contact Dawn if you would like to purchase any which can be collected or posted to you.

Dawn is also making curtains, Roman Blinds & soft furnishing and has fabric for sale.

Phone Dawn: 07968 302884
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