A tireless tailor has delivered his 5,000th piece of PPE to frontline workers in their fight against covid-19.

Grateful Tommy Rae was inspired to help medics and care workers after being treated for a massive heart attack two years ago.

Forced to shut his own shops, he moved into a bigger council-owned Glasgow base with machines donated from closed factories.

“I was sitting in the house when the shops closed down. I was in lockdown myself because I’ve got a heart condition,” said Tommy, 54.

“A friend who’s a nurse at the Royal came down and said listen, we’re screaming for scrubs, is there anyway we can do something together?”

Tommy 's PPE kit is donated to care homes and the NHS

So with a band of 12 volunteers, he set about knocking out vital kit from crowd-funded raw materials at the Easterhouse pop-up production line.

“It’s amazing to be part of this,” Tommy beamed. “To be helping people and seeing the generosity of the public.

“I want to take this business forward, I want this to be my future, I don’t want to go back to altering trousers.”

Tommy hopes to tap into government funding to keep the outlet going - and even plans to take on a 16-year-old apprentice whose aunt survived covid-19.

He handed over his 5,000th piece of kit, a set of surgical scrubs, to St Joseph’s Nursing & Residential Home in Glasgow.

He said: “I had a heart attack two years ago and know the selfless dedication that our NHS and care workers give to us every day.

“Knowing how short of PPE they were, I decided to turn my skills into doing something that would benefit the sick and those taking care of them,” he said.

Tommy raised over £5,000 to buy high-quality cotton material and designed his own scrubs which, according to his clients, are an improvement on the NHS’s own design.

Tommy works with a team of 12 volunteers

Volunteers include amateur seamstresses to a retired tailor, furloughed teachers and a nurse at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

“I would like to thank all the volunteers who work with me, and who have become as precious as family,” said Tommy.

“The people of Glasgow have been utterly fantastic, from volunteering, or donating money or material.

“Most of all, all of us owe a debt of gratitude to everyone who is providing care to the sick and the elderly and frail,” he added.

William King from St Joseph’s Nursing & Residential Home in Cumnock praised the efforts of Tommy and his team.

“Tommy and his wonderful volunteers have made a very real difference,” he said.

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“Most of all, at the most difficult of times, it’s been humbling to realise that the true spirit of Scotland is generosity and kindness,” he said.