Yorkshire North and East Ridings Freemasons rise to Covid-19 challenge
Freemasons of Yorkshire North and East Ridings have been part of a national Covid-19 challenge which has delivered donations totalling £1m and 18 million hours of volunteering.
The donations were used to help communities in various critical areas, including foodbanks, support for unpaid carers, personal protective equipment (PPE), supplies for hospitals and hospices, support for women’s refuges, and funds for NHS workers, ambulances and equipment.
At the start of the crisis in April last year, some Freemasons adapted their businesses’ production lines to produce nearly 5,000 visors for use in healthcare settings.
Since then, Freemasons have produced or procured tens of thousands of pieces of additional PPE.
Dr David Staples, chief executive of the United Grand Lodge of England, said: “No one in this day and age should have to worry where their next meal is coming from.
“We are so glad that we were able to provide thousands of families across the UK with a hot meal or food donations.
“Freemasons have achieved all of this in just a few months and have also given their time to produce and deliver food to the vulnerable. Our response to the pandemic shows what Freemasonry is all about.”