Left to Right: Ray Bazani, Gosport Lodge, Team Scrubbers Founder, Lin Gell. Steve Frost, Thomas Langton Fund Representative.
Volunteers sewing scrubs for hospitals, GP surgeries and additional school needs received a £500 donation from Gosport Freemasons.
Team Scrubbers, a sewing group set up at the beginning of April by Lin Gell from Warsash, has made over 7,000 sets of scrubs.
Working in teams of local volunteer seamstresses, their 200 members are in daily action across the south of Hampshire.
Using temporary empty business premises as workrooms they are producing a wide variety of scrubs used by medical staff in hospitals, GP surgeries and community nurses; also by mental health workers and those teaching and helping in schools for children with additional needs.
Many scrubs go to local primary schools, where young pupils struggle to understand social distancing and staff need to wear practical clothing they can wash daily at the recommended 60 degrees.
Volunteer seamstresses at work in Gosport Masonic Centre cutting from their patterns
Lin Gell thanked the freemasons for their generous aid of both the £500 donation and the use of the Masonic centre, which she says has all the wide space they need for laying out and cutting scrub patterns.
Local hotelier, Ray Bazani, representing the Gosport Freemasons at the cheque presentation, said: “It’s great to support a team that’s doing so much to support the local community.”
Steve Frost, the local rep for the Province’s Thomas Langton Fund, which is where the money came from, added: “We have been pleased to help these hard working volunteers, and whist they give their time freely the material is costly. Our donation will now go towards Team Scrubbers making another 60 sets of scrubs.”
Commenting, Jon Whitaker, the new head of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Freemasons, said: “Country-wide, Freemasons have raised large sums of money to help those who have been affected by Covid 19.
“The donation made to Team Scrubbers is a good local example of how we as Freemasons have contributed millions of pounds towards the fight against the pandemic.”
There are around 9,000 Freemasons in Hampshire and Isle of Wight, and over 250 Lodges. Although Freemasonry has been an open and transparent organisation for some time, there are still many misconceptions. Essentially, Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. It is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations.
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