Berkshire Freemasons supply facemasks to help in the PPE crisis

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Berkshire Freemasons answer the call for face masks for local care homes and other facilities. Over 200 facemasks were delivered by Berkshire Freemasons in early April, with a further 300 due in the following month, to Berkshire care homes, hospitals, and prisons.

When the PPE crisis made headlines in early April, Graham Wignall from the Berkshire section of the Freemasons Bikers Association answered the call and joined a Group who were printing facemasks with 3D printers. The objective was to manufacture 100,000 for the UK NHS PPE stockpile. 

Unfortunately, Graham’s printer was too small to meet the requirements of the Group.  Undaunted, and after finding a design appropriate for his printer, he started to produce facemasks, but the volume was not sufficient. Joining together with other member of Widow’s Sons Biker Association in Berkshire a production line was set up to print the carriers, gather all the other material and assemble face shields.

After a weeks production, 200 completed face shields were delivered to care home, hospitals, and prisons in Berkshire. And, now the production has been streamlined, a further 300 will be delivered in April and demand is still rising.

Graham Wignall, from the Widow’s Sons Bikers Association said: “Putting this together was complicated, but we all pulled together and have delivered for our local NHS and care home facilities.”

Anthony Howlett-Bolton, Our PGM said: “This effort from a number of Berkshire Masons and their friends is superb. It shows what can be done to help our NHS, care homes and Prisons in this time of national crisis. Pulling together to help our local communities is a core strand of Freemasonry.”

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