Cullybackey Army Cadet Taylor Ashe “scrubbed up well” for her volunteering section of her Duke of Edinburgh Award. Taylor who is completing her Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Certificate and starting her Silver Award, through 1st (NI) Battalion Army Cadets Force (ACF) decided that as part of her volunteering section of the award she would help contribute to the shortages of PPE to frontline workers.
Taylor decided to embark on this project after hearing about shortages as a result of the current circumstances and that the front-line staff would really appreciate their efforts. So, after approaching their local Care Home Rose Court Ballymena and getting approval, she and mum Karen dusted off the sewing machine, downloaded a few patterns, and set about making scrubs for the staff at their local nursing home.
Taylor said: “In my volunteering I wanted to do something of real benefit to the community & to give the dedicated staff who have worked so hard during the pandemic”.
On completion Taylor donated 3 bags of scrubs including laundry bags to the care staff at the Ballymena Home.
Residential Home Manager Ashley Currie said:
“Thank you so much for such a kind gesture and these will be greatly appreciated by the staff.”
As the Army Cadet Force is currently “stood down” and other training cannot take place at present, this is not stopping Taylor who is hoping to continue onto her Silver Duke of Award and is embarking on her John Muir Environmental Award also provided by the ACF .
However, as we move through 2021, we hope that we no longer require scrubs within our hospitals and homes and the Army Cadets will be free to return to Face to Face training.