North East company lends sewing machines to make gowns for the frontline

Grace Piercy shines a light on the North East company helping the frontline..;

Grace Piercy
31st May 2020
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A company based in the North East, MCR services, has volunteered the use of two industrial sewing machines to the NHS to aid in the production of protective medical gowns. 

The family-run packing company, based in Bolam Business Park, told the North East Times that they were delighted to be able to help during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The two industrial sewing machines have been lent to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in Cramlington, where a manufacturing hub has been set up to make thousands of medical gowns every week for healthcare workers both in the North East and around the country.

Caroline Moody, group managing director, said: “This initiative is a great example of the NHS, local businesses and volunteers working together to achieve results.

“Everyone is tremendously grateful to all those dedicated staff in the NHS and we are pleased to do whatever we can to support them.

“In this case, it’s great to show our appreciation in a very practical way by producing protective gowns for those who are helping save lives.”

Paul Dunn, executive director of finance at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, responded to this loan, saying: “We would like to thank MCR Services for donating these sewing machines to us, which are being put to good use.

“We have had a huge, positive response from local businesses, organisations and partners and this is yet another example of the community pulling together to support us at this time.

“Not only are we producing gowns to protect our staff and patients, and those at trusts across the region, by setting up a sustainable supply chain, we are providing employment and helping to boost the local economy.”

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