Volunteers at a Redruth-based manufacturing company have been helping make scrubs for health workers in Cornwall.
DM Orthotics (DMO) has remained operational throughout the current coronavirus pandemic. The business, which has just celebrated its fifteenth birthday and employs 55 staff, manufactures bespoke and ready-made orthoses to help manage the physical effects of neuro-muscular conditions like Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes, Dropfoot, Scoliosis, Cerebral Palsy, Stroke and Multiple Sclerosis.
When newly-formed Cornwall Scrubs, led by Annie Lucas, asked DMO for assistance in making scrubs for those on the medical frontline, the response from employees who wanted to volunteer was immediate. Ninety sets of scrubs have now been sewn, cutting is ongoing for 515 items and Chief Executive Officer Dan Severn is personally delivering completed sets to volunteers across Cornwall.
“Our highly-skilled staff have been helping cut and sew the scrubs, using the facilities we’ve got in our factory,” said Dan. “I’m tremendously proud of what they’re achieving and the contribution they’ve been making to the fantastic Cornwall Scrubs initiative. It really is a pleasure and a privilege to play a small part in such an excellent project.”
Acknowledging DMO’s assistance on Facebook, Cornwall Scrubs said: “Thank you to the wonderful team at DM Orthotics who have worked their magic with their amazing cutting machine. Pattern cutting in bulk saves so much time for our sewing volunteers which means we can complete requests faster.”
Stringent health and safety precautions were introduced in the DMO factory at the start of the lockdown period to ensure the company could continue meeting worldwide demand for its comprehensive range of products – including burns pressure orthoses for the UK market. The firm’s specialist clinicians are also available for phone or video appointments.
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