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A Diss High School teacher and her daughter have decided to use their quality time together to sew hats and scrubs for front-line NHS staff.

Geography teacher Rachel Adams, 51, and Sara, 19, have teamed up as part of the Norfolk Scrubs Volunteers – a Facebook initiative set up to supply hospitals in the county with easy-change uniforms.

Mrs Adams said: “I decided to become a part of it after emailing a girl in my form at school, whose mother works in a care home and is away for a few days every week.

Diss High School teacher Rachel Adams and her daughter Sara Adams are making scrubs for Norfolk Scrubs Volunteers
Diss High School teacher Rachel Adams and her daughter Sara Adams are making scrubs for Norfolk Scrubs Volunteers

“I was telling her to do something that makes a difference for her mum when she comes back – then it occurred to me that I should be doing something, too.”

The teacher, who has been at the Walcot Road school for around seven years, then thought it would be a good idea to get Sara involved.

“My daughter is home from university and she said she was really proud of what I was doing to make a bit of a difference,” she said. “So I said she should help me.

“It is nice to be doing this with her. We now have a bit of a production line going and we also get to spend a some time together while we are doing it.”

It takes the pair around half-an-hour to fully finish a hat. With scrub material having arrived this week, they are looking forward to doing more to help front-line staff.

Mrs Adams said: “I have a friend who works at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and I know how hard she and all the other staff are working. She just says it is what they need to do and I have never heard her complain.

“That is part of the reason I wanted to do this. I would not want to be doing the jobs they are doing at the moment, but if I can do something like this to help them, then I am happy to.”

Since being established at the end of last month, the Norfolk Scrubs Volunteers group now has more than 1,100 members.

To volunteer, go to its Facebook page. To donate fabric and haberdashery, go to norfolkmakers.wixsite.com/norfolkscrubs.

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