A PPE production project in Moville has led to the town being named as ‘Ireland’s Soundest Town’ in the month of April.

Moville was crowned with the ‘Soundtown 2020’ award this morning on TodayFM as part of their national competition with Cadburys Ireland.

The award was earned after the town rallied together for the #PledgeScrubs campaign for frontline workers battling Covid-19. The project, started by Donegal designer Edel MacBride, involves sourcing funds for shirt makers ‘Moville Clothing’ to create scrubs for staff at cost price.

Last month, Edel saw a post online from a nurse who had bought a bedsheet to have scrubs made. She was so appalled by the shortage of PPE that she teamed up with Moville Clothing to promote their offer of reduced price scrubs.

Edel MacBride – #PledgeScrubs project fundraiser

The campaign has so far raised an amazing €67,000 with high quality scrubs being produced locally and delivered across the country.

And it was that innovation and support for the campaign caught the attention of the Soundtown judges at TodayFM.

#PledgeScrubs deliveries from Moville Clothing
#PledgeScrubs deliveries from Moville Clothing

Local man Michael Skelly put forward a nomination for Moville in March and forgot all about it until he got the call from TodayFM on Thursday. He was told the judges had narrowed it down to two towns, and the winner was eventually revealed today on Weekend Breakfast with Alison Curtis.

“I nominated the town for the great community spirit, always pulling together to support anything,” Michael told Donegal Daily.

As the first Soundtown 2020 winner, Moville will be rewarded with a special plaque and a massive hamper of Cadbury goodies this month. They will also be put forward for a chance to win the overall ‘Ireland’s Soundest Town’ prize when it is announced in November. The overall winner will get €10,000 to spend on a community project of their choice.

Click here if you wish to support the #PledgeScrubs project: https://www.gofundme.com/f/pledgescrubs