Racing colours manufacturer Allertons volunteers to supply scrubs for NHS workers and are producing 100 garments per week in the fight against coronavirus pandemic
- Fourteen staff at Allertons have volunteered to manufacture scrubs for the NHS
- Oxfordshire-based Allertons is Europe’s largest manufacturer of racing colours
- Now the company are producing around 100 garments per week for key workers
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They usually spend their days making the racing silks that are carried by 100s of racehorses around the country every day but with the sport shut down because of COVID-19 the largest manufacturer of racing colours in Europe has turned to supplying clothing for the NHS.
Fourteen staff at Oxfordshire-based Allertons volunteered to manufacture scrubs – sanitary clothing worn by medical professionals – and are producing around 100 garments per week.
So far, they have made around 400 sets of scrubs.
Allertons, Europe’s largest manufacturer of racing colours, is helping in the fight vs COVID-19
After initially contacting NHS Central to see if their expertise could be used, Allerton received an order for 800 garments which have been donated to South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) for its four hospitals – Warwick, Leamington Spa, Stratford, and Shipton-on-Stour.
Adrian Wray, managing director at Allertons, said: ‘The staff have been incredible. They’ve pretty much done it off their own back.
‘They found the fabric, raised the order for the fabric and got it delivered. They have all volunteered their furlough time to create the patterns, cut the fabric, iron all of the components, machine them together, pack them and drive them up to Warwick Hospital.
‘As a business, it’s lovely to be able to turn our hand to something that is useful and supportive while contributing to the national effort.’
Scrubs are worn underneath PPE by medical professionals and are useful amid an outbreak
The scrubs are worn underneath PPE by medical professionals and are particularly useful amid an outbreak such as COVID-19.
Valerie Quelch, assistant general manager of hotel services for SWFT, said: ‘Following the outbreak of COVID-19, everyone was after scrubs. They were extremely hard to get a hold of, so NHS Trusts were coming up with measures to get more into the system.
‘The supply didn’t completely dry up, but it was much slower than it normally would be with such high demand. So the Allertons garments have proven to be very helpful. Each week we have had a steady supply coming through.’