After seeing a Facebook post asking for assistance to purchase two freezers; Buckinghamshire Freemasons immediately made contact with Paula Thompkins from Haddenham who was leading the fundraising,
The request for assistance was made to support the staff of Covid wards at Stoke Mandeville Hospital who due to the pressures of working, are often unable to stop for meals and relying on ice cubes as a means to stay hydrated during their shifts.
Staff can now take in food and provide easy access to this important, hydrating ice. With thanks to the generosity of the public, one fridge had been funded and Bucks Freemasons immediately paid for the second.
Bill Smithson, of Haddenham Lodge, arranged to pick up the freezers from Paula and deliver them to the hospital with the help of Steve Smirthwaite. They were gratefully received, with one ward sister saying "we never wanted to ask for anything or be a burden because we know so many people are out of work, so this is incredibly kind and we can't thank you enough”.
From all Buckinghamshire Freemasons, we thank all our frontline healthcare staff and will be providing coffee machines and fridges for other wards in the upcoming days to help those working in unimaginable environments..