Experienced seamstresses and women with sewing machines are doing their bit to make scrubs for hard-pressed NHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic.
Scrubs is the name for the sanitary clothing worn by surgeons, nurses, physicians and other workers involved in patient care in hospitals, and typically consists of masks, hats, trousers and tops.
Cathy Ashton has so far made six sets of scrub suits for staff at Aintree hospital while she works from home in Croxteth.
She has herself been on sick leave with the lung disease COPD since January from her job as an activity leader teaching sewing skills for adults with disabilities.
She is now in 12 weeks' quarantine because she is classed as extremely vulnerable to catching the COVID-19 virus.
Cathy, 60, said: "I have over 40 years' experience as a seamstress and wanted to put my skills to good use to do something to help out.
"It's better than staring at the walls and watching all the bad news. It takes my mind off everything and I'm happy to be able to help.
"The scrubs suits can be whipped on and off quickly. I've bought some of the fabric myself and I've also had donations."
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Also doing her bit is Ewa Kosnik who is sewing scrubs for The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.
The 35-year-old Polish national has so far made seven sets in total.
She said: "I'm not a dressmaker, I just have a sewing machine. I knew they were in need, so thought it would be great if I could help."
Both Cathy and Ewa are part of the For the Love of Scrubs group – set up to recruit volunteers to supply scrubs to frontline NHS staff during the COVID-19 pandemic – which already has around 15,000 members nationwide.
A fundraising page has so far raised nearly £18,000 to help with the work of the group which was set up by a frontline NHS nurse.