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Sussex Freemasons support bereavement education across Sussex schools

The education of young people in Sussex secondary schools about bereavement and grief, is to move ahead thanks to a grant from the Sussex Masonic Charitable Foundation.

The £16,200 grant award from Sussex Freemasons will allow Project Eileen to progress its plans to introduce the programme to Blatchington Mill School, Brighton & Hove at the start of January and, from the Spring Term, across Brighton & Hove and East and West Sussex.

The ground-breaking multimedia project for UK secondary schools, which aims to increase  the bereavement education of young people, and to promote awareness and understanding of the ways in which that loss affects them, has already started with Year 10 pupils at East Grinstead’s Imberhorne School.

20,000 PPE face shields supplied by Sussex Freemasons.

Sussex Freemasons have today (13 Jan 2021) begun distributing some of the last of 20,000 PPE face shields to key organisations within Sussex.
The face shields, which were paid for and sourced jointly by the Masonic Charitable Foundation and the United Grand Lodge of England, have been distributed over several months to charities, hospices, health based organisations and other key recipients across East and West Sussex.
Today’s deliveries of some of the last 1400 face shields are intended for a Covid hub, a care home, a Dr’s surgery and several Horsham based charities and neighbourhood groups.
Maurice Adams, Deputy Head of Sussex Freemasons, commented “Covid has touched every part of our Sussex communities and supporting those communities is a key part of who we are and what we do as Sussex Freemasons”

NHS Workers Day

Sussex Freemasons to support special ‘NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day’

A special day dedicated to the NHS, Social Care and those that work on the frontline is to be celebrated across England and Wales on the 5th July, the anniversary of the creation of the NHS.

The event, the brainchild of Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, a Pageantmaster who has 38 years of experience of organising national and international events, including those linked with Royal Jubilees and other historic occasions, will focus upon a day of thanks to the NHS and of remembrance for all those who have lost their lives due to COVID-1, in particular those who were NHS workers.

A commemorative flag has been designed to be flown on the day, and countrywide events of celebration and commemoration will begin with the raising of the flag, by Freemasons, at 10am. Masonic Centres and Lodges across Sussex are being encouraged to take part and hold their own local events.

Commenting on the initiative Maurice Adams, Deputy Head of Sussex Freemasons, said “Sussex Freemasons will be proud to show our support for all front-line staff that give so much 24 hours a day, seven days a week without any thought of their own safety. It’s important that we appreciate and recognise not only those who show such incredible care, compassion, and commitment but also those who sadly have lost their lives in the service of their communities. Sussex Freemasons look forward to playing a full part in the celebrations planned for later this year”.

Throughout the pandemic Freemasons in Sussex have been actively supporting Hospitals, Care Homes and Hospices.

Over 12,000 face visors have been made available across East and West Sussex to a range of deaf societies, charities and care workers who make home visits, and 50 Samsung Galaxy Android Tablets provided to acute hospitals and hospices to enable bed-dependent hospital patients receiving treatment for COVID-19 to stay in touch with their families.

Through the Sussex Masonic Charitable Foundation CIO, Sussex Freemasons have purchased mobile phones for hospital staff in Brighton and Haywards Heath, delivered hand sanitiser to Sussex Hospices, supported free vehicle sanitisation for front line workers in the Hastings area, funded medical equipment that will help staff to care for Covid-19 patients who suffer cardiac arrest at the Chichester and the Worthing Hospitals, and donated £30,000 to directly support NHS staff working in St Richards in Chichester, Worthing Hospital, the Royal Sussex County in Brighton, the Princess Royal in Haywards Heath, the Eastbourne District General Hospital and the Conquest Hospital in Hastings.

Local Lodges and members have provided support ranging from 3D printing face visors and donating PPE, through providing hand cream for nurses, to buying and delivering bulk supplies of disposable bottles of water and straws to the Conquest Hospital A&E Department and the local Ambulance Station. Making it easier for staff wearing PPE to take refreshment.

The NHS Social Care and Frontline Workers website, with full details of the events planned for the day, can be found at:

https://www.nhsfrontlineday.org/

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