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Protective gowns produced by volunteers, Madrid, Spain, March-May 2020 © Susana Molinero, Madrid

Medical workers and other professionals, such as carers in nursing homes, were facing a lack of protective gowns. People with the necessary skills offered their help and often managed to produce huge quantities of such clothing.

In Madrid, a group of volunteers organised themselves and started sewing protective gowns. Many individuals, often seniors, who had a sewing machine at home, lent a hand too. They co-ordinated the production and distributed the gowns with a heart logo to hospitals, police stations, firefighters or public administration staff.

Donated to the House of European History, Brussels.