Heroes scrub up well thanks to Bridlington team and Freemasons
Doctors and nurses at hospitals in East and North Yorkshire are getting the infection control uniforms (scrubs) they need thanks to the hard work of a Bridlington seamstress and Yorkshire Freemasons.
Samantha McBride, of Sam’s Special Sewing Room in Bridlington, has teamed up with local Freemason, Chris Thomas, of Thomas Defence systems, which produces specialist military parachutes, to produce sets of scrubs.
Chris and his colleagues have donated thousands hours of their time to make the patterns and stack cut the material, while Sam and her dedicated team of sewers, including Chris’ wife Susan and many others, have so far completed well over 500 sets of scrubs, with many more to come.
Yorkshire North and East Freemasons Lodges from Bridlington, Filey Malton and Scarborough have already contributed over £3,000 towards the materials together with an additional £2,000 grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.
Further funding has come from Sam’s friends, who have raised £1,500 online, with Chris’ daughter, Katie Goodwin’s, friends generating another £750.
Sam said: “We’re very grateful to Yorkshire Freemasons for their generous grant, which will provide the material we need to produce dozens of sets of much needed scrubs for medical staff in Scarborough and other hospitals and clinics across the region.”
Jeff Gillyon from Yorkshire North and East Riding Freemasons said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to support Sam and her team as they help our local doctors and nurses.
“ These are people who put their lives on the line for us every day and it’s only right that they have the equipment they need to carry on doing their jobs.”
In response to the extraordinary need created by the coronavirus pandemic, Freemasonry is providing special funding of £2.75 million for projects helping those who are particularly affected by the virus.
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