Lincolnshire Freemasons are selling specially-produced mugs to offer financial support to the NHS. As well as being a fundraiser, the mugs will be a permanent 'thank you' to staff on the front line of the fight against Coronavirus
All profits from mug sales will be given to the NHS. Already 180 mugs have been produced, with more than 120 being snapped up.
Tony O'Brien, of Louth-based Lindsey Lodge, whose members are leading the project, said: 'That's how enthusiast people are to help. We’ve had some great response to the mugs. We have even had some bulk enquiries which is hopeful. It would be great of we could get more sales within the Province, and we'll keep on producing more until the demand dries up.'
One of the first to get a mug was Skegness nurse Willow Puddy-Buxton. The mugs, which say 'Thank you, NHS' are available in bulk supplies of 36 for £200, including delivery to anywhere in Lincolnshire, but can be ordered in smaller numbers on line for £5 plus P&P of £3 each from Lincs Signs, which is run by Peter Thomas, using the link here.
Tony added: 'We're making bulk quantities available because we hoped it would save on postage if we could rely on distribution from lodge centres or members.'
Simon Noden, of Lumley Lodge in Skegness, is promoting the mugs along the coast. He's taken one to a midwife. posted some to nurses in Manchester, and given another to care worker Careen Lumb who looks after the elderly. He said: 'She was pleased to receive her mug. Sometimes Care Workers feel they are forgotten and small gestures like this go a long way.'
Also amongst the mug purchasers are Freemasons Alan Cox, Gary Wain, and Gary's wife Marianne. Alan is a Lincolnshire paramedic, whilst Gary and Marianne both work at Grimsby Hospital.