How Essex Freemasons have helped to support our heroes in the NHS

Friday, 09 April 2021

In February, the WM of Stedfast Unity Lodge identified an opportunity for the members to be of service to those heroes working tirelessly to help everyone

Jim proposed that West Lancashire Freemasons help the nurses and support staff in the hospitals suffering from dry skin, due to the volume of hand washing and astringent effects of the alcohol gels, by providing them with moisturisers and balms.

Thanks to donations we exceeded the initial target of £250, achieving £600. Last week Jim & Tony used this to deliver a total of 236 lip balms and 299 moisturisers to Addenbrookes and Papworth hospitals.

Jess Hughes, Community Fundraiser at Papworth wrote to thanks the lodge on behalf of Royal Papworth Hospital Charity.

He said: 'Your generosity allows us to support our staff at Royal Papworth Hospital during the coronavirus pandemic. As a specialist lung hospital and one of only five national ECMO centres, our Critical Care Unit has been the busiest in the East of England.

'We are acutely aware of the strain that working on the frontline places on our staff and we are doing all we can to support their emotional and physical wellbeing at this time. Your donation to Royal Papworth Hospital Charity has provided additional support for staff as they work tirelessly caring for patients with coronavirus.

'By providing pick-up stations across the hospital with essentials, treats and overnight packs, we have been able to give something back to our staff, keep them going during these challenging times and show them how much they mean to us all.

'On behalf of our patients, their families and the staff at Royal Papworth Hospital thank you once again for your generosity.'

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