The Covent Garden look for NHS frontline

Royal Opera House costume makers are creating scrubs for NHS workers on the Covid-19 frontline.

Between 20 and 30 volunteers, including dressers from the Royal Ballet and Royal Opera, working from home have so far provided 17 boxes containing hundreds of pieces of essential PPE – personal protection equipment - using NHS Trust-colured material acquired through online crowd funding as well as local businesses and charities.

“In order to make myself useful at home, help the NHS and use my sewing skills, I made a set of scrubs via a local workshop, where they had them ordered” said Carine Marrot, a ballet wardrobe technician. “I'm so pleased that they have now been sent and are being used by frontline NHS workers at St Joseph Hospice, as well as in care homes and NHS Trusts in the local area, including Homerton Hospital in Hackney. They know to call me if they need any more.”

The sets of scrubs have gone to hospitals, care homes and charitable organisations across London and the South East including Hastings, Middlesex, Dartford, Brighton and Barking. All of the volunteers are full-time and casual staff members who have been put on the government’s furlough scheme and have therefore dedicated their own time and resources to help out their local NHS Trusts. 

“It has been wonderful to see the whole ROH community rally round to support front line carers, medics and ambulance staff in the national fight against coronavirus” said Covent Garden’s CEO Alex Beard. “They’re an amazing team, and we’re so proud of what they are doing. Huge thanks and appreciation to all as we move forwards together through these hugely challenging times.” 

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