NI Scrubs was a group of over 100 volunteers, set up using Facebook and coordinated by Grainne Quinn during lockdown 2020, to address the PPE shortage in hospitals that resulted from the Covid19 pandemic. During the summer of 2020, the group sewed over 2700 sets of scrubs, 2000 masks and 4800 visors which were distributed to frontline NHS staff at hospitals in Belfast, Newry, and Downpatrick. In tribute to the hard work of all the NI Scrubs volunteers, each sewer and stitcher was invited to contribute to a large patchwork quilt, that was assembled by Janet Hackney, Lucia Lennon, Grainne Quinn, and Jane Kilpatrick. The quilt was displayed in Newcastle, 2020, and as part of the Linen Hall Library exhibition, ‘Together We Are Strong,’ which ran from 8th November - 23rd December 2021.
This archive was donated by Janet Hackney, who was a member of NI Scrubs East Down, Newcastle, Castlewellan and Surrounding Areas. It contains photographs of a face mask, set of scrubs and commemorative quilt produced by the NI Scrubs Group.