In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, members of Oriental Lodge No. 9371 in the Province of Northumberland, made donations to purchase medical grade face masks for local care homes across the county
Care workers are on the frontline in the fight against the virus and there had been widley reported issues with a lack of essential personal protective equipment.
The initiative was led by Chris Fraser and raised a total of £1,500, with one of the Lodge's younger members, William Cheung, driving down to the supplier in the Midlands to collect the essential N95 masks. Lodge Secretary, Kam-Wah Mak, volunteered to distribute the masks to five local care homes which included Scarborough Court; the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution care home in Northumberland. In addition, a sixth care home in London also received a supply of this vital PPE.
One of the organisers, Sam Watt said: 'In the midst of the PPE shortage across our NHS, the donation was a gesture from the Lodge to help improve the safety of care home workers. We are just supporting the care community we depend on.'
The Master of Oriental Lodge; David Anderson added: 'Charity is the heart of Freemasonry and our Lodge members who participated in this initiative have joined countless other Freemasons across the UK and world to supprt the global effort against Coronavirus.'