Emma Tyler – COVID-19 story

Emma Tyler Newbould, Assistant Site Manager working on School of Digital Art in Manchester, who lives in Liverpool, was approached by her neighbour to help make scrub wash bags for various NHS hospitals in the city, which led on to making gowns for frontline staff at Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital (LHCH).

A friend of her neighbours, who owns a sewing studio, was approached by the NHS to make 60 sets of scrubs and wash bags. Not able to meet the demand alone, she reached out to various people to help out, this included Emma and her wife (Kat). Keen to help, their dining room turned into a sewing studio and they set to work. The output from Emma and Kat alone was 40 scrub wash bags in that first week.

Demand for PPE was still high at that time and LHCH asked if the group could make 2,500 disposable sterile gowns, if they provided the material, as soon as possible. The sewing team grew to 18 with Emma and Kat making 80 gowns in 3 weeks.

Of the experience Emma talks of how ‘doing her bit’ left her with a sense of pride and positivity about being able to contribute in some small way. With the added bonus of spending time, sewing with her wife, laughing, talking and playing music, was a tonic in itself, one that helped them get through lockdown and gave back to the frontline heroes keeping us all safe in a very uncertain time.

A true Covid-19 story that all started with a little girl aged 10 years, wanting to do her bit to support the NHS during the pandemic. Lois Higgins started to make and sell her rainbow bracelets online to generate money for the NHS. The £1200 raised then went on to buy the material to make the 2500 gowns from the project Emma helped out with.

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