With the disappointment earlier in the year when an employment contract was terminated and the onset of the pandemic, Matt involved himself as a volunteer with Scrubs Glorious Scrubs, the organisation which has been supplying surgical scrubs to Doctors’ Surgeries and Hospitals.
The material used in making these was provided by John Lewis, the Department store and also there were contributions from Middlesex Masons. (pglm.org.uk/scrubs-material-appeal)
Masonic Synergies –
This idea really steamrolled through the auspices of the celebrity Chris Evans who with his young son, Noah, set up a Just Giving Page and raised over £123,891 to donate to Scrubs Glorious Scrubs for the production of pyjamas and nonsurgical scrubs.
The Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies had already been to the West Middlesex Hospital to provide Tablets donated by the MCF, so Matt was put in touch with the coordinator who gratefully received a quota of scrubs and pyjamas. A good example of masonic synergy at work. (pglm.org.uk/scrubs-material-appeal-update-3)
However, after the initial stages of the long lockdown demand had eased and the army of machinists returned to work production ceased.
By this time the NHS were getting their supplies through normal channels and nurses were being asked to return to wearing their normal uniforms.
Keep on Sewing –
But the production of Pyjamas has revived and these are being distributed to children’s hospitals along with children’s facemasks as some hospitals are now asking for children to wear these when visiting.
But with the second wave of COVID 19 sweeping the country it is noticeable that the brightly coloured scrubs are back in demand with increased requests from individual doctors and nurses asking for them.
The job goes on and it is now for others to carry on the good work.
There is still a demand for around 10,000 face masks to be produced by Christmas.
Matt gave eight months to this charitable endeavour and has now reaped the reward, as such, by getting a new job.
He has been lucky as his new employer has considered the benefit of his life’s experience and this will, no doubt, stand him in good stead.
A Job Well Done –
So, for W Bro Matt it was a job well done.
He said, “From my side I can honestly say it has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done and seeing the delight on the faces of the NHS staff when we gave them their scrubs and face masks! I guess this is what being a Mason is all about……..the giving.”
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