IARA Update 22.4.20

Masks! An urgent call for help


One of the GPs at the James Wigg practice has sent out this message:

I am one of the partners and we have been discussing the use of masks today.At the time it was felt that reusable masks were not advisable to be used as protective equipment, but there has since been a review of the evidence and that has changed. I appreciate we might be too late now and youmay have no capacity, but I wonder if your kind offer was still standing. If so, we would love to take you up on it for as many as you can make!

We take it that the review of the evidence means that there are simply not enough masks available for the NHS, which is really shocking.

The email was sent to Sophie, who writes:


It seems to be an indicator of just how dire the shortage of PPE is if they are now in need of home-made face masks..

I am going to make some for them, and wondered if you would like to join in this? I’m happy to pick up from you and drop them at James Wigg and have suggested delivering a first batch on Friday.  

Let me know if you’d like to contribute.It would also be wonderful if anyone has any spare fabric or thread they can drop with meSeveral people have already responded – if you haven’t yet and would like to help please contact Sophie sophiejcarter13@btinternet.com and she can give you some guidance – including a pattern – and coordinate a response.

There is also a plea for funding for the project we mentioned recently, to make scrubs and masks for the new Hot Hub for treating Covid patients:

Any Camden patient registered with a Camden GP who has suspected Covid-19 will be seen at the new hot hub – Camden COVID Response Unit. It is based at The Peckwater Centre. But staff there need protective clothing.

Yani (from Universal Dry Cleaners and Laundry in Brecknock Road) is coordinating a local campaign to make scrubs and masks. He has identified a small north London factory who will make 200 scrubs a week for the next 4 weeks – at cost. If you would like to support this campaign to protect our NHS staff, please go to https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/yani-zertalis?utm_term=Jeev5RYmX

You can contact Yani directly, at info@universaldrycleaners.co.uk if you can sew scrubs and masks yourself.
Don’t take risks with other health issues

A local doctor has written in with this warning

Just a message to say that the hospitals are not full, and so people should access healthcare as normal. For example we have seen a big drop off in people attending with stroke and we are worried people are staying away unnecessarily.

We would add that a friend whose grandson injured his hand badly went to a local A&E and was seen immediately, patched up kindly and efficiently and was home in an hour or so.

Camden Foodbank works under the umbrella of the respected Trussell Trust and are very stretched now. They are appealing for funds. Go to https://camden.foodbank.org.uk for details. 14 Pratt Mews, NW1 0AD

Nature corner.

Local Birds A very interesting website is: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/smart-bird-id-europe/id1437744799 It helps you identify birds by microphone or camera.

Trees: this website https://www.treetalk.co.uk/opens up a map of where you want to walk and tells you all about the trees you are walking past. Which leads to ….

Local Trees: We are using that website to make a full survey of the trees in the Inkerman Area which we think will be of wide interest and would allow us all to link people with trees and tree bases.

Many are already well looked after. We are working our way down Inkerman Road on what seem to be very unpromising sites, using plants donated by Dilip. Lucy at 32 worked on hers and will look after it  and Matt has adopted one outside his house on the corner of Inkerman and Willes. The ones level with 3, 4 and 6 have been dug over and seeded with wildflowers and Hollyhocks and adopted by their neighbours to care for them

Crime warning

Shivaun has sent in this depressing report:
I’m writing from The Brinsmead. I want to let you and the members know about a theft we had last Thursday evening around 6.30. A man on a scooter broke into our building and stole all 6 or 7 delivery packages that were visible in the lobby. He came down Ryland Road from Grafton Road and left the building towards Prince of Wales road. 
He appeared familiar with our building so I expect he will be back

We are wondering if others have experienced similar burglaries. Or indeed, if anyone recognizes this man.y


Thursday clap for the NHS – and have a tomato plant!

Gill has kindly sent this offer:
I’ve been nurturing some black cherry tomatoes and now have around a dozen seedlings ready for potting on so if anyone wants one I’ll be very happy to share….at a safe distance of course! Maybe after the Thursday evening 8pm clapping session?? Gill 49 Alma Street.

IARA WhatsApp groupThere’s quite a bit of activity in the new group – we now have 23 people in the group. If you would like to join it, let us know and we’ll add you. Some of the chat (and the action) has been about the trees and the facemasks metioned aboveOn the group, Syeda has posted some great pictures and news about her team cooking for staff at St Mary’s Hospital.

More Local History Ryland Road in their daily updates have included some great history stuff which we will put on the IARA website Local History Section