Members of the Royal Opera House costume team have volunteered hours of their time and skills to support National Health Service workers on the frontline of the fight against Coronavirus.
Working from home using official NHS Trust-coloured and sourced materials from online crowd funding projects, as well as from local businesses and charitable organisations, the volunteers have supplied hundreds of items of essential personal protective equipment (PPE) including scrubs and hats as well as bespoke items such as bags, ear protectors and masks.
Recipients of this PPE equipment include hospitals, care homes and charitable organisations across London and the South East of England.
All of those involved in this huge voluntary effort are full-time and casual staff members from the Royal Opera House who have been put on the government’s furlough scheme and have therefore dedicated their own time and resources to giving their local NHS Trusts a much-needed boost of essential equipment.
The Royal Opera House has also donated its own existing personal protective equipment from set, scenery workshops and the Costume Department.
Carine Marrot, Ballet Wardrobe Technician and volunteer, said:
‘In order to make myself useful at home, help the NHS and use my sewing skills, I made a set of scrubs, via a local workshop, where they had them ordered. I’m so pleased that they have now been sent and are being used by frontline NHS workers at St Joseph Hospice, as well as in care homes and NHS Trusts in the local area including Homerton Hospital in Hackney. They know to call me if they need any more!’
Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, said:
‘It has been wonderful to see the whole ROH community rally round to support front line carers, medics and ambulance staff in the national fight against Coronavirus. They’re an amazing team, and we’re so proud of what they are doing. Huge thanks and appreciation to all as we move forwards together through these hugely challenging times.’
Header photo: PPE scrubs created by Carine Marrot from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden