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Dry cleaner makes hundreds of scrubs for health workers

And NHS workers get their laundry done for free

01 May, 2020 — By Dan Carrier

Yani Zertalis

NOT all heroes wear scrubs – some of them make them too.

And the heroic work of a Brecknock Road dry cleaners has helped provide a swathe of front-line staff with vital uniforms and tackle desperate shortages across the NHS in Camden and Westminster.

Yani Zertalis, owner of the Universal Dry Cleaners, has raised nearly £20,000 in donations and made hundreds of the medical outfits over the past three weeks.

Staff at the James Wigg surgery in the scrubs

His family have run dry cleaners in Camden for more than 50 years – and knew he could help.

Among Mr Zertalis’s clients are care homes, community care workers, clinics and other NHS groups and the James Wigg surgery in Kentish Town.

He also told them when Covid-19 hit London he would continue to do their laundry – but would not be invoicing them.

He said: “I kicked it off out of my own pocket but the response was overwhelming.”

The Bartholomew Area Residents’ Association has helped with fund-raising for material and seamstresses.

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