The appeal was set up after hearing the tragic news of the passing of seven care home residents in one PE1 residence at the very beginning of the pandemic.
Wanting to help, Sarah Gee, who is project co-ordinator at the Care4CareHomes appeal but also has experience as a longterm carer and carehome volunteer, started the campaign that worked on three fronts. She and her team of volunteers have made nearly 2,000 sets of scrubs for carers and NHS staff, as well as thousands more scrub hats, bags, ear-savers, facemasks, headbands and more.
Items of PPE, including visors and medical masks, have also been sourced by Care4CareHomes.
In addition, hundreds of care packages have been put together by the appeal, with the Letters of Love and Shoebox appeals showing the city's appreciation for those on the front line of the pandemic.
Organisations and charities across Peterborough have also benefited from the wildly successful appeal, which has supported BGL, Little Miracles and groups via Peterborough City Voluntary Services and Future Housing.
As case numbers fall - hopefully to never rise to the second wave levels again - Care4CareHomes is winding down its scrubs-making. Current stock will be given out and any organisation that would still like scrubs or masks should contact the appeal to organise distribution.
But it's certainly not the end for the Peterborough appeal - the crafty volunteers have started to make dementia or special educational needs fiddle mats and muffs to gift to local care homes or healthcare settings. The first batches will be delivered to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall hospice and a local care home.
In an update about the future for the project, Sarah said: "We would like to give a HUGE thank you to all of our supporters, donators and of course our volunteers. We've had 50 over the last year and without these amazing ladies giving up their time and skills we would not have been able to help as many homes and carers as we have.
"Also thanks to Drew Dempsey of Quick Self store who kindly supported us with a storage lockup!
"We are grateful to everyone who has reached out, and the thank-yous we have received from our teams in the form of messages, handmade cards, pictures, and flowers have been just awesome. We have made some lifelong friends and you are all heroes to us!"