Hospital heroes scrub up well thanks to support from Yorkshire Freemasons
Doctors and nurses at Scarborough, York and Hull Hospitals are getting the infection control uniforms (‘scrubs’) they need to stay safe during the coronavirus crisis, thanks to the hard work of a dedicated seamstress from Bridlington and Yorkshire Freemasons.
Samantha McBride, of Sam’s Special Sewing Room in Bridlington, has teamed up with local Freemason, Chris Thomas, of Thomas Defence systems, which produces specialist military
parachutes, to produce multiple sets of scrubs.
Chris and his colleagues have donated 1000’s hours of their time to make the patterns and stack cut the material, while Sam and her dedicated team of sewers, including Chris’ wife
Susan and many others, have so far completed well over 500 sets of scrubs, with many more to come.
Yorkshire North and East Freemasons Lodges from Bridlington, Filey, Malton and Scarborough have already contributed over £3,000 towards the materials together with an additional £2,000 grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.
Further funding has come from Sam’s friends, who have raised £1500 online, with Chris’ daughter, Katie Goodwin’s, friends generating another £750.
In response to the extraordinary need created by the coronavirus pandemic, Freemasonry is providing special funding of £2.75 million for projects helping those who are particularly
affected by the virus. This extra money comes on top of the estimated £45 million given to charity every year by Freemasons.
Sam McBride said: “We’re very grateful to Yorkshire Freemasons for their generous grant, which will provide the material we need to produce dozens of sets of much needed scrubs for medical staff in Scarborough and other hospitals and clinics across the region.”
Jeff Gillyon from Yorkshire North and East Riding Freemasons said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to support Sam and her team as they help our local doctors and nurses. These are people who put their lives on the line for us every day and it’s only right that they have the equipment they need to carry on doing their jobs.”