Determined to do her bit for the local community, former Care Assistant Cindy Mortimore has put her sewing machine and sewing skills to good use.
She’s been creating child friendly PPE scrubs for the Care Team at Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People to wear as they continue to offer end-of-life care to children and young people with life-limiting conditions; while also supporting the NHS.
“I was a Care Assistant for 20 years but had to leave the profession due to a shoulder injury and I wanted to give something back,” explains Cindy. After making a few scrub bags, I sent off for a pattern to make scrubs and then began making them for Rainbows.
“I have been sewing for a number of years and make a lot of fancy dress costumes, particularly for Halloween. I wanted to use my sewing skills to do something which would help and bring a smile to faces, making the child-friendly scrubs seemed the right thing to do. I began by using fabric I already had to make the scrubs and since then I’ve received donations of fabric and money, which I’ve used to purchase more fabric and make more scrubs.”
Rainbows are continuing to offer their end-of-life care and online Family Support services to those who rely on the charity. In addition, they are supporting the NHS by looking after children and young people from children’s hospitals throughout the East Midlands to help relieve strains on the NHS by freeing up its capacity.
The charity has also launched a bereavement support service for families who have lost a loved one in Leicester hospitals during Covid-19.