Pamper and protect: Volunteers produce care packages for frontline workers

Written by Amy Clarke

A Barnsley woman and her team have distributed 375 care packages over nine days to those working during the Coronavirus lockdown.

Emma Day, 36, from Hoyland, and her daughter Amber, created the Facebook page “All Scrubbed Up” and began working to produce pamper packs to protect workers and keep up their morale. Since then, the page has reached over one thousand followers and many members of the community have stepped up to help.

The packs are available to anyone working as normal and the contents differ depending on where they are being sent to, and if the workers are permitted to wear the masks made by the group.

They contain items such as masks, scrub bags, headbands/straps to save sore ears of those wearing masks, lip balms, hand creams, shower gels, bath bombs, thank you gifts, chocolates, and other treats. There are even face visors available.

Care package items.

Emma said: “I think workers like care staff just got left out. Nobody seems to be passing stuff that way. It all seems to be going straight to A&E and the Covid wards. It is not getting past the hospitals.”

“A couple of workplaces that we have delivered to were in tears! They couldn’t believe it because they hadn’t been provided with anything.”

She explained that she felt it was important they also received a bit of something to pamper themselves with after a hard day.

Packages dropped at Thornhill House Care Home.

Volunteers contribute in a variety of different ways including sewing, selling, and delivering. It is funded through donations and fundraising efforts, which are all shown on the Facebook page along with what the money has been spent on.

P&J textiles have donated material and provided the group with discounts on anything they need which have been delivered straight away.

Jump Working Men’s Club have also allowed Emma and her team to use the function room as a drop off and collection point, making it easier for them to collaborate. The care packages are then delivered to the workplaces.

“It’s been so much better cause we are well spaced out now and more people can help. It’s fab to see the community come together in such a difficult time.

“I’d just like to say a massive thank you to our machinists, drivers, and everyone supporting us!”

Emma owns a venue styling bridal company “All Trimmed Up” which has been running for eight years.  Due to wedding venues closing because of the Covid19 situation, the bookings have been postponed, temporarily putting her out of work. She is dedicating her free time to this cause.

“This has been a bit of a distraction from it all. I like to have something to do,” she said.

Click here to find out more about “All Scrubbed Up”.

Written by Amy Clarke

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