Essex Freemasons support front line emergency teams

Wednesday, 03 June 2020

Essex Freemasons have donated 50 litres of hand sanitizer to Essex Search and Rescue, a team of 63 volunteers working across the county who help to find missing and vulnerable people

Their volunteers operate in every part of the county - work alongside Essex Police and are called out in the event that a high risk or vulnerable person such as a child or someone with dementia goes missing.

As a life saving charity which receives no public funding, Essex Search and Rescue are on call 24 hours a day to respond to requests for assistance from the Emergency Services, putting them firmly into the key worker category, which is why they need essential PPE such as hand sanitizers.

'We are members of our national body Lowland Rescue,” said Trustee Martyn Tillett. 'Sadly we are a charity few have heard of, but to explain more clearly, Mountain Rescue take care of the high ground, Cave Rescue specialise in caves and underground locations, the RNLI looks after the sea and we look after everything else in between.

'In Essex we are called out on average once a week when a vulnerable person goes missing working alongside Essex Police. Our volunteers include paramedics, former fire fighters and former police officers and like other emergency workers we needed hand sanitisers and cannot thank Essex Freemasons enough for their support.'

Nearly £30,000 has been spent so far by Freemasons on essential PPE equipment for 300 Essex care homes, a further £20,000 has been donated to boost antibody testing with an additional £100,000 pledged to fight the virus in every part of the region.

The campaign to support front line emergency staff will continue says Essex Freemasons and they have appealed to all those involved in the front line against Covid-19 to make contact with Lee Taylor via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if they need help.

Money to support the campaign has been donated via the Essex Freemasons Community Fund, set up earlier this year Provincial Grand Master Rodney Bass to support charities and good causes across the entire county.

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