A South Shields bespoke bridalwear and alterations specialist who has seen her business temporarily jilted has vowed to put her skills to good use to help the NHS.

Aimee Veitch who runs her “Corsetry and Couture” business from the town’s Rekendyke Industrial Estate is usually gearing up for the busy wedding season but due to the Coronavirus pandemic her sewing machines were sitting idle and her skills were redundant.

Now however, Aimee has turned her hand to making scrubs, clothing bags and headbands for the NHS and other frontline carers. As a coordinator for the South Shields area of the group “North East England Sewing for the Frontline”, she is in an ideal position to help those most in need.

“As well as making items myself, I can cut out the patterns and fabric and distribute to others to sew up. I’m getting lots of help from other businesses and individuals and together we are making a difference to those on the frontline.”

One of the businesses that have rallied around Aimee’s mercy mission is Consett based Mint Business Club whose members have taken up their needles and thread to help make the scrubs.

MD Nicola Jayne Little said, “What Aimee is doing is absolutely fantastic. She is using her work skills at a time when her personal workload is low to voluntarily help others.”

Each set of scrubs costs between £12 and £15 for the fabric and threads and a GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds to pay for the material.

Aimee started the page with a goal of £300 and in less than a day the total stood at more than £1,500.

The scrubs, bags and headbands will be going to hospitals, ambulance services, carers and keyworkers across the North East.