A Snack in Time Helps Covid Ward Front Line

Essex Freemason, David Wiles, was at the till paying for petrol, when the cashier asked if he would like to buy a snack bar for the nursing staff who were not even getting to eat on the Covid wards at Broomfield Hospital, near Chelmsford, just a few miles away. A paramedic in the queue behind David confirmed this was indeed the case. So, David bought 10 snack bars there and then.

Being the Charity Steward for Rosslyn Lodge No 1543, which meets in Braintree, David immediately posted what had happened on his Lodge’s WhatsApp page. The story was picked up by all the Lodge members and within a week they had chipped-in £25 each, raised £500 and bought 240 snack bars and 120 cans of energy drinks which David delivered to Broomfield Hospital on Friday 8th January 2021.

Received by Nurse Lauren Dicker and her colleagues on Heybridge Covid Ward, David and his fellow Essex Freemasons from Rosslyn Lodge were thanked by Lauren for all their efforts and support.

Just 22 years old, Nurse Lauren, who has had Covid herself and returned to the front line, completes 12 to 14 hour shifts and had worked every day for the last seven consecutive days.  After her shifts she distributes food and helps raise charitable donations online for PPE and other equipment and so does not get a lot of sleep before going back onto the Ward.

“An absolute superstar” were the words used by Stewart Nardi of Rosslyn Lodge when he told BBC Essex about Lauren and continued “We will be doing this again very soon”. Lodge Secretary, Mike Hall, is proud of the support of the Lodge members saying that they were all ‘chuffed to bits’ especially when Lauren said “We thought we had been forgotten!”