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Coronavirus / Nineties pop group helps health board say thanks for scrubs donations

Right Said Fred member reworks lyrics of hit song ‘I’m Too Sexy’ for viral video

NHS SHETLAND has enlisted the help of 90s pop group Right Said Fred in an effort to say thank you to the community for donating hundreds of homemade scrubs during the coronavirus pandemic.

The group’s Fred Fairbrass has recorded bespoke vocals for a new version of their number one track I’m Too Sexy, with the tune layered on top of a clip of local NHS staff mimicking the song’s original video.

It features the lyrics ‘I’m too sexy for my scrubs/so grateful for my scrubs’  and ‘I’m too sexy for Milan/too sexy for Milan, New York and Shetland’.

The tune also includes messages about washing hands and staying hygienic.

Hundreds of tops and trousers have been sewn together by people across the isles for health board staff to use as part of the Shetland Scrubs campaign.

The video was organised by health improvement practitioner Claire Morris, whose dad is friends with Fred Fairbrass.

It came after joking within the office that staff should create a catwalk video for the scrubs, with I’m Too Sexy deemed a classic anthem to strut to.

“I asked my dad if we would contact him [Fred Fairbrass] and see if he would be up for doing a song,” Claire said.

“They said they loved the idea of the bespoke scrubs and were really keen to get involved. He messaged me asking for key words that I wanted included in the song.

“I thought scrubs, grateful, safe, clean, kind of around the rules of staying at home and washing your hands. I also asked if he could get the word Shetland in.

“In a couple of days they had access to recording equipment and they rustled it up in a couple of hours. They didn’t ask for anything in return.”

While I’m Too Sexy only reached No.2 in the UK back in 1991, it did top charts in countries like the US, Australia and Ireland.

On Thursday morning NHS Shetland’s video had been shared over 1,000 times, while it has had a reach of more than 85,000 – despite it only going online last night (Wednesday).

The Shetland Scrubs campaign, meanwhile, launched in March after it emerged there was a “chronic shortage” of the items at NHS Shetland and the Gilbert Bain Hospital.

This was because staff have been changing their gowns more often during the coronavirus response due to infection control.

The scrubs have now also been given to care homes in Shetland.

People can download patterns from the Healthy Shetland website.

Watch the video below: