Chippenham Lodges join forces to help with Care Home Initiative

Saturday, 13 June 2020

Freemasons from Chippenham's two Lodges joined forces to help with a very special Care Home Initiative.

Vale of Avon Lodge No. 8432 and Lansdowne Lodge of Unity No. 626 have supported four care homes, assembled and delivered over 500 full face visors and donated £700 worth of morale boosting goodies to staff.

In order to provide goodie boxes to the Care Home staff, the Lodges raised over £1,400 from a general appeal. Peter Taviner (Lodge Almoner) and Mark Fuller (Master of Vale of Avon Lodge No. 8432) had the privilege of representing both Lodges at the Care Homes. Mark said - "It is truly humbling to hear the stories of the staff who have worked 12 hour shifts, have chosen to ‘live-in’ to protect their residents and the fear they have of Covid-19 ‘getting in’."

Feedback for this great work has included such comments as: “You are wonderful men, I didn't think people cared. You are superstars, all of you."

Staff were also keen to pass on their thanks to all involved from contributing, assembling masks, delivering goods and all the admin behind it.

Provincial Grand Master Philip Bullock said, "I am so pleased that our Lodges in Chippenham have worked in harmony with the Brethren in Corsham, the Provincial Communciations Team and St Joseph's RC School in Salisbury to make a real difference to the lives of Care Home Staff in the town. I think we can safely say charity is in a Freemasons' DNA."

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