With the unprecedented demand on the NHS, The REP in Birmingham is eager to help those in need.

Imported ImageAs many of its members unable to work during the current crisis, they are turning their attention to supporting the NHS and its staff.

The theatre’s wardrobe team have transferred their skills to helping frontline NHS staff. Head of wardrobe Kay Wilton and senior costume maker and supervisor Caroline Mirfin (pictured) have been tirelessly working from home to make gowns and scrubs for staff at Heartlands and Solihull Hospitals.  

To help stop the spread of the virus, frontline staff are using machine washable bags for their clothing.

 REP staff are collecting linen for the creation of these bags for staff at Sandwell and City Hospitals, thanks to the efforts of Mandy Vickers of The Bearwood Page Facebook community and Kerrie Chatwin of The Langley Page Facebook community.

The REP is urging people to donate spare, clean linen that can be washed at 60° or more in help in the effort.

The first donation time will be Friday 24 April between 10am and 2pm with more times to be announced.

The REP says that if donators have a large quantity of linen or do not currently exercise near The REP, they may be able to arrange to collect your donation.

Please email neil.parkes@birmingham-rep.co.uk for further details about collections. The donated linen will then be passed on to volunteers who will create the bags whilst working at a safe distance from others.