FAMOUS Pendle based raincoat manufacturer Mackintosh has helped play its part in the effort to contain coronavirus by producing 12,000 medical scrubs per week for the NHS.

The NHS has been under extreme pressure since the start of the pandemic with much greater demand for equipment, coupled with disruptions to normal supply lines.

Mackintosh, however, which has a manufacturing plant in Nelson was able to use its facilities to manufacture the crucial equipment before the NHS was able to rely on its normal supplier again.

Production director Stephen Lees said: "Once the lockdown was in place, we stopped production and contacted our industry network to see if we could help the NHS. Within days we changed the factory from a range of different colours of luxury coats to a sea of NHS blue.

“Within days we changed the factory from a range of different colours of luxury coats to a sea of NHS blue.

“And when our freight brokers heard about the change in production, they offered to ship all NHS products free of charge!"

The well-known raincoat makers have been one of several famous brands in East Lancashire who have come together as part of a national anti-virus effort, including Rolls Royce, school tie maker William Turner and Weston Aerospace.

Pendle Council leader Mohammed Iqbal praised the efforts the various companies have been making.

He said: "A wide range of fantastic companies in Pendle have switched production to support the NHS in the battle to beat the COVID-19 virus.

We are immensely proud of their efforts and are urging other companies to see if they can help during this crisis."

Any other companies who wish to donate spare Personal Protective Equipment such as surgical gloves, protective aprons, surgical masks and visors can do so via Pendle Council’s web page: www.pendle.gov.uk/coronavirus.