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Preston train manager sews thousands of items for NHS workers

Posted on - 21st July, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, People, Preston News
Janet Bamber
Janet Bamber

A Train Manager at Avanti West Coast has revived her skills from a previous career to produce more than 1,000 scrubs and accessories for NHS workers in Lancashire during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Janet Bamber, who works on board Avanti West Coast trains based out of Preston, has been using her sewing experience from three decades ago to support the efforts of two community groups (North West Sewing Group, and For the Love of Scrubs North West), volunteering to make scrubs for NHS staff who are struggling to get them during the coronavirus crisis.

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A former seamstress for Bentwood Brothers in Chorley, Janet is dedicating her time to the sewing groups and has been fulfilling orders of scrubs and accessories for staff at Royal Preston and Royal Blackburn hospitals.

Janet has been able to dedicate more time while she was off work awaiting an operation and to date has made nearly 50 sets of scrubs and 1,000 headbands, scrub bags and ear defenders from duvets and other materials donated to the group.

In addition, she has been making items for colleagues across the West Coast Main Line and friends whose relatives work for the NHS.

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By volunteering Janet has been able to satisfy her passion for sewing, a skill she has always kept a hand in since joining the railway in 1997.

Speaking of utilising her time to put her sewing skills into practice, Janet said: “Being at home with nowhere to go, I wanted to make the most of my time and do something worthwhile during the coronavirus pandemic.

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“I’m passionate about sewing and volunteering my time to make scrubs and accessories seemed the best way for me to make a difference.

“It has been brilliant to play a part in helping my local community, while being able to do something I love, and I feel grateful to have the opportunity to do this.”

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