Caring for the Carers at PMK Court

(l) W Bro Alfie Buckland PProvAGDC and (r) W Bro Tony Mapplebeck PPrDepGReg with members of staff at Prince Michael of Kent Court, Watford

With the best of all possible will, W Bro Alfie Buckland PProvAGDC had a plan but was thwarted by the Corona Virus difficulties.

The plan was to organise a Charity Walk in aid of Prince Michael of Kent Court (PMK).

The walk would have started at (PMK) and finished at the Royal Masonic School for Girls at Rickmansworth on the day of the Annual Fete.

Regrettably, this has now been put off until next year

The matter had already been discussed with the Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W Bro John Briggs and together they thought how they might be able to support the care home by other means.

W Bro John came up with an idea of showing appreciation to the carers which both their Mother Lodges might support.

As a result an approach was made to the Charity Steward of Citadel Lodge, No. 1897, W Bro Tony Mapplebeck PPrDepGReg, who fully supported such an idea.

W Bro Alfie Buckland then sought support from his Mother Lodge- Circle of Friendship, No. 7320.

Both Lodges had achieved Platinum Grand Patron Status in The 2020 Festival.

Arrival of the Swag Bags –

This appreciation to the carers employed at PMK Court was by way of gift bags which would be delivered on Saturday 13th June at 10.00am which coincided nicely with the Queen’s Official Birthday.

W Bro Alfie Buckland explained that it was challenging buying multiple items in lockdown.

However, this was happily achieved and in arrangement with the Home Manager, Beverley Roberts and Deputy Home Manager, Nina Stephens the bags were delivered containing wine and good quality chocolates.

Naturally, the rules had to be followed and social distancing and PPE was the order of the day.

When the gift bags were in place Beverley invited the carers to come out for a photo shot.

The gifts were received with a grateful thanks and the occasion was relaxed and good humoured.

W Bro John Briggs also presented several boxes of chocolates to be passed onto the residents.

Appreciation

Safety First –

Beverly explained to us that the care home had been in locked down since the 2nd March and the care team had made sure that the Home was fully stocked with food and medical provisions.

The fast response appears to have paid off, she said, as there had been no fatalities at PMK Court, which was a real credit to the whole team.

One of the ways of dealing with the seriousness of the pandemic had been to keep good humour amongst the carers and residents.

They made a YouTube video of the residents trying to escape, which was very humorous.
(www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrzOG50Cy7g).

There also have been lots of games in the evening to pass the time and the residents were content and enjoying these events, it had been difficult for them not being able to see their families since lockdown.

Hopefully, visits will start soon.

Collecting the goodies !

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