Sussex Freemasons aim to help set record for most flags raised simultaneously for NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day

Freemasons, including those in Sussex are aiming to set a record for the number of flags raised simultaneously on the inaugural celebration of NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 2:36 pm

Freemasons, including those in Sussex are aiming to set a record for the number of flags raised simultaneously on the inaugural celebration of NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day.

The event, which is set to take place on Monday, July 5, will see the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) invite its members to fly specially designed flags at 10am.

The UGLE, the governing body for Freemasons, is doing this to celebrate the day dedicated to the NHS, social care and all those that work on the front line.

It is one of the core supporters of the event alongside the Cadet Forces, English Heritage and the Women’s Institute.

Mike Alderson, spokesman for Sussex Freemasons who have lodges in Hurstpierpoint and Haywards Heath, said “Throughout the pandemic Sussex Freemasons have worked tirelessly to support the work of the NHS and its wonderful staff in Sussex.

“We have provided much needed additional PPE across East and West Sussex, extra mobile phones to assist key staff with remote working, Android tablets to help Covid patients stay in touch with their families, and supported staff through the purchase of personal lockers, additional rest beds and personal comforts.

“Our commitment to the NHS and the way that it has supported Sussex communities has been comprehensive and, although our plans for the day are still taking shape, our 4,000 plus members will continue to show that support across Sussex on Monday, July 5.”

A £5 donation from every flag and length of bunting made will be equally divided between NHS Charities Together and the National Care Association.

Freemasons are planning a moment’s silence at 11am 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 cup of tea 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.

So far, 37 lodges and provinces have made a commitment to the raising of the flag and other elements of the day.

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, 52 weeks a year, without any thought of their own safety.”