• Harrogate Scrubbers have sewed kit bags for the whole squad at Harrogate Town AFC.
  • The club reached out to Harrogate Scrubbers following their success in sewing scrubs for NHS workers.
  • In return, the football club will make a donation to the Harrogate & District NHS Foundation.

Following a request from Harrogate Town AFC for scrub bags for their team to use for their kit, the Harrogate Scrubbers have again jumped to the rescue and within a couple of weeks produced a matching set for the whole team.

Having previously provided scrubs for Harrogate Hospital, GP Surgeries and local hospices in the first lockdown, the team of sewers relished the opportunity to take on another sewing project.

With Showtime Fabrics providing the fabric and White Rose Sewing the accessories, volunteers Carrie Brown, Susie Cox, Stella Zealand, Karola Cramoysan, Kathy Wilkinson, Margaret Bleasdale, Denise Huntington, Rosalind Waite, Doreen Stephenson, Lyn Clarke and Phyllis Tyson all jumped at the opportunity to help.

In return for the kit bags, Harrogate Town will make a donation to the Harrogate & District NHS Foundation.

Susie Cox, one of the volunteers at Harrogate Scrubbers, helps sew kits bags for Harrogate Town AFC.

With many people still furloughed or shielding at home, the opportunity to get involved has given a team of people a purpose as volunteer Claire Strachan explains:

“It was so lovely to see the immediate response from the volunteers all wanting to support their local team and get involved, the speed at which all of them completed the bags was inspiring!”

Local printers PG Branding located in Hornbeam Park also gave their support, offering to print the players numbers on the bags at no cost. Sales Director Nick Jarett said:

“When we saw the appeal to print the kit bags we immediately stepped in and offered our services.

“As a local firm it was great to be given the chance to support our local football club and the amazing work of the Harrogate Scrubbers.”

Harrogate Town Managing Director Garry Plant also gave his thanks to everyone involved:

“This has been a great project to be part of and we have really enjoyed the camaraderie and enthusiasm that everyone has put in to providing the kit bags.

“The team will be absolutely delighted with them!”

Volunteers from Harrogate Scrubbers who took part in the project spoke of their excitement to help out their local football club:

“I am always happy to help with sewing for Harrogate Scrubbers. It keeps me occupied during lockdown and it is such a well organised group. It was a pleasure to make the kit wash bags for Harrogate Town and I wish them good luck for the rest of their season.”Margaret Bleasdale 

“I was really keen to get involved with this project that gave me another excuse to sew during working hours(!) but especially because it’s fantastic to see local organisations working together like this. So impressed that Harrogate Town saw this opportunity to support our local hospital in such a unique way. And yet again Harrogate Scrubbers rose to the challenge! Continue to be proud of being involved in such a great group.” – Carrie Brown

“I thought it was such a lovely idea of Harrogate Town to approach Harrogate Scrubbers to make scrub bags for their kits. A local group making them for a local football team who in turn donate to the local hospital charity… WIN WIN!” – Kathy Wilkinson

“I wanted to help out again as it gave me a sense of purpose last year when we were making the scrubs and I just love the sense of community the group has brought in these times. I am really proud to be part of the group!” – Susie Cox

I enjoyed making the masks, so it was obvious for me to help out again when it was needed. I am just so happy I can help in some way and do my bit.” – Karola Cramoysan

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