Two friends from Lisbon are making protective hoods to keep health professionals, first responders and others on the frontline of the Covid-19 fight safe.
Calling the project ‘Cógulas com Amor’ (Hoods with Love), Patrícia Aguiar and Filipa Claro have already donated 2,000 hoods to several hospitals and institutions across Portugal with another 700 due to be delivered soon. The Algarve is next on the list.
“After a friend of ours who is a nurse became infected, we decided to create our own hoods so that health professionals could be protected while fighting the virus,” Patrícia, a 29-year-old local lodging services manager, told the Resident.
The first protective hoods were made by the two young women and their mothers at home, with the first batch of 250 being delivered last month to the Amadora-Sintra Hospital, São Vicente nursing home in Cascais and Casa da Idanha in Belas, Sintra.
The project started to grow, and with the launch of a crowdfunding initiative on social media, Filipa and Patrícia were able to raise enough money to buy 500 metres of non-woven fabric.
They also partnered with Fábrica Moderna, a Lisbon-based atelier, which allowed them to reduce the production time and cut the fabric needed to make 40 hoods in just 10 minutes. The hoods are then sewed with the help of six seamstresses.
Since the first batch of deliveries, Filipa and Patrícia have delivered 250 hoods to Lisbon’s Santa Maria Hospital, 100 to the Portuguese Association for the Protection of Diabetics, 150 to the São Bernardo Hospital in Setúbal, 25 to the Mogadouro home, 250 to the Santo António Hospital in Porto, another 200 to the Beatriz Ângelo Hospital in Loures, 50 to the Cabo Ruivo fire station and around 600 to the Egas-Moniz Hospital in Lisbon.
Another 700 hoods are currently being made and will be donated to the Bragança firefighters, the paediatric unit of the Dona Estefânia Hospital in Lisbon as well as the Garcia de Orta Hospital in Almada and Lisbon’s Curry Cabral Hospital.
Patrícia told us that they are also planning to donate hoods to the Algarve’s university hospital board (CHUA) but for now they are ‘out of stock’.
“When we started the project, we would contact hospitals and institutions to donate the gear to them,” Patrícia told the Resident. Now, and since the project featured on the popular TVi show ‘Você na TV’, “it is the hospitals that are contacting us instead!”
Anyone interested in helping Patrícia and Filipa with their ‘Cógulas com Amor’ project can donate by bank transfer: NIB: 0023 0000 45491171745 94
By MICHAEL BRUXO