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Bedfordshire’s freemasons to hold events to mark NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day

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Inaugural celebration of NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day is set to take place on 5 July 2021

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), the governing body for freemasons, is inviting its 200,000 members to fly specially designed flags at 10am on 5 July 2021, to celebrate the day dedicated to the NHS, social care and all those that work on the front line, who have saved so many lives during the pandemic. The celebration will also remember those workers we sadly lost.

In Bedfordshire, freemasons will be holding events in Ampthill, Biggleswade and Kempston.

The UGLE is one of the core supporters of the event alongside the Cadet Forces, English Heritage and the Women’s Institute. A £5 donation from every flag and length of bunting made will be equally divided between NHS Charities Together and the National Care Association.

Freemasonry for Women and the Order of Women Freemasons have also joined the UGLE in this initiative, as Freemasons aim to set a record for the number of flags raised simultaneously across the nation.

Bruno Peek, pageant master to the Queen and creator of NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day, said:

“We are delighted that freemasons, whose members come from all walks of life, are playing such a high profile and active role to start this special day of celebration and commemoration of those within the NHS, Social Care and on the Frontline who undertake so much for us all, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and fifty two weeks a year, without any thought of their own safety.”

NHS Day flag 5-7-21 v4
NHS Day flag 5-7-21 v4

 

On the day, at 11am, Freemasons are planning a moment’s silence to remember NHS workers and all those who died from COVID-19. The day continues with a toast to the NHS at 1pm, raising a cuppa to the NHS during afternoon tea at 3pm, followed by an address to the nation at 6pm.

At 8pm, the Freemasons will join the nation in an evening clap for NHS workers, while church bells are set to ring 73 times to celebrate 73 years of the NHS. Closing the celebrations at 9pm, there will be a #timetotoast for all NHS workers.

Dr David Staples, chief executive of the UGLE, and a consultant in acute internal medicine at Peterborough Hospital, said:

“We are facing the greatest global pandemic in living memory, and the NHS has never been so tested in its history. Its staff have been stretched beyond comprehension over the last year and they deserve our gratitude, our applause and all the support we can give.

“We are encouraging not only our 200,000 members, but the entire population to celebrate the day honouring and remembering the NHS workers with a complete programme of events on 5 July.”

The freemasons said that since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, they have donated more than £2.5m to the COVID effort and completed 18.5 million hours of volunteering to help those in need each year.

The donation is being used to help with food, personal protective equipment (PPE), supplements for hospitals and hospices, funds for NHS workers and ambulances.

To find out more about NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day and to register your participation in the event, please visit www.nhsfrontlineday.org.

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John Guinn
I am the editor of The Flitwick Chronicle. This is an independent, local news service based in Bedfordshire. The Chronicle provides local news that is investigative, inclusive and relevant to the residents of Flitwick.

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