| Tom Quinn
A sportswear provider has turned its hand to making much-needed scrubs for the NHS as the battle against Covid-19 continues.
Burslem-based Fused Sport is preparing to donate around 600 sets of medical uniforms – worth more than £5,000 – to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.
The company, which is just 12 months old, is working with a number of textile factories in the Middle East to produce the garments from scratch, before they are shipped over to the UK and distributed to those most in need.
Fused Sport founder and owner Tom Quinn, said: “We heard there is a shortage of scrubs at our local hospital and knew this was something we could help with.
“I spoke to the factories we work with in the Middle East to source the material and develop CAD drawings and then they just got to work.
“We had everything in place and ready to go so it was quite easy to do even though we had to start from scratch.
It provides clothing for a huge number of different sports including football, rugby, cricket and hockey as well as indoor and outdoor leisurewear.
Tom, who lives in May Bank, said: “We are coming up with new products all the time, so it’s quite an exciting business.
“We haven’t done any of this for our own benefit, we are not making any profit from this, we simply decided to get involved with the appeal for scrubs because we knew we could help and it was something that would keep us busy while the shop is closed, but it would be nice to think that this could perhaps open up new doors for us as a company; it might help us to win NHS contracts in the future.”
Tom has pledged to continue to manufacture the scrubs for as long as there is demand and that money keeps being donated.
It takes up to three weeks for a batch of scrubs or medical coveralls to arrive in the UK, with each individual set costing between £7 and £10 to manufacture.
Tom added: “As long as the demand is there and that we keep raising enough money then we will keep going with this.”
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