‘Do or do not. There is no try’

Sally Kermode of Owen Sails models one of the Star Wars themed gowns.

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Businesses and communities have come out in force following reports of widespread shortages of protective clothing for medical staff dealing with patients suffering from COVID-19.

That force is definitely with a team from Owen Sails whose effort towards the For the Love of Gowns saw Star Wars themed medical attire come off the production line last week.

The Tralee-based company is using its industrial cutters to make the shapes for sewers throughout the area to transform into gowns. Material has been contributed from all over the region.

Mask makers on Luing helping protect doctors and nurses are busy making 11 gowns for  Easdale Medical Practice. The cost of the materials will be reimbursed from the Luing COVID-19 Fund. Nurse Mairi Ritchie tried on one of the first gowns made by well-wishers on the island.

Andrew Holder from Barcaldine has been busy stitching scrubs, making earsavers and printing 3D visors for NHS frontline staff. His partner Maggie Brotherston helped out by trying the scrubs on for size.

Elsewhere, members of sewing group Islay Quilters and their friends have been busy in support of NHS staff at Islay’s Gortonvogie Care Home in Bowmore.

The quilters are producing ‘scrubs’ for the staff there supported by a £1,000 donation to cover the cost of materials from Islay’s WW100 legacy Fund.

Finally, Oban High School pupils have thanked Oban Community Council for its £1,000 donation which will enable them to continue making face masks for NHS and care home staff.