October 6, 2022

Middlesex Masons Supporting Ukrainian Refugees

Many readers will have seen UGLE’s First Rising dated 8 March and will be aware of the wide range of support for Ukrainian refugees being given by charity organisations and by individuals.

What might be news to many, however, is that the Ruislip/Northolt area has a large Polish community.
The recent tragic events in Ukraine have inspired that community to mobilise and organise specific support for the Refugees reaching the Polish border.
Their appeal focused particularly on the provision of First Aid kits, Sleeping Bags, Blankets, Towels and Baby food.
They had critical deadlines for such support as they had organised and scheduled trucks to drive out to Poland to make the deliveries.
The appeal struck a particular chord for W Bro Peter Binstead, Charity Steward of Ruislip St Martin’s Lodge, No. 9125.

He very quickly contacted the organisation to ascertain its up-to-date requirements and then reached out to the Lodge members with requests for urgent donations.
The Brethren of the Lodge responded equally speedily, enabling Peter, strongly supported by his, Carmel, to purchase an impressive array of products comprising:

  • 20 Thermal Blankets,
  • 40 Large Micro Fibre Towels,
  • 2000 First Aid Antiseptic Wipes,
  • 12 dozen Jars of Heinz Baby food.

W BRO PETER BINSTEAD AND MAIJIC, ONE OF THE POLISH VOLUNTEERS
Peter delivered these items on Thursday 10 March to the North London Collection Point in Willesden in time for transport to Poland over the weekend.

The supplies were very gratefully received by the Charity Organisers.

On observing the logistics of the operation, Peter commented, “Following a generous and rapid response from the members of Ruislip St Martin’s, I was able to purchase a substantial quantity of much needed supplies.
At the Collection Point I was impressed by the organisation of the volunteers and the generosity of other donors.
I know that the Organisers were grateful and I am sure the people on the ground in Poland will be very appreciative of our donations.
Working with the local community was a great way to contribute“.
A thanks to W. Bro David Pearson PProvGSec for the edit

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