When temperatures soared in June, Saint Francis Hospice needed scrubs to not only keep staff and patients safe throughout the pandemic — but also the nurses cool.
Two of our most ardent supporters, Anne and Jim Bender, leapt into action. As commercial denim jean manufacturers and over 45 years' experience in the textile industry, the couple called upon their partners and sourced local factories and quality fabrics.
"We'd been working non-stop for months and had just delivered over 175,000 gowns and scrub sets to the NHS, but the chance to help Saint Francis Hospice was an easy decision for us all," Anne revealed.
Anne and Jim's connection with our Hospice began in 2002. Anne started as a volunteer and then became a nurse on our ward and for our Hospice at Home team. After Anne retired, the couple became founding members of the Patrons Circle — a group of local philanthropists who have come together to support the services we provide.
"We cannot thank Anne, Jim, and her partners enough for coming to our aid," said Tes Smith, our Director of Quality and Care. "The generosity and speed of their work has been incredible. Many thanks to everyone who helped."
The scrubs are water-resistant, antiviral, and cool to wear. Our Domestic team are now proudly donning sky blue, and our nurses royal blue.