Members of Lodges from Boston and Horncastle have provided assistance to the NHS in helping to set up a Covid 19 mass vaccination centre.
Volunteers Alan ‘Tiny’ Clifton, David Andrew, Jez Hyland, ‘Oz’ Osbourne, Rick West, and Roy Hilton along with his partner Susan spent Friday 15th January at the Princess Royal Sports Arena in Boston helping with the final preparations for the venue opening for mass vaccinations the following Monday.
The team carried out a multitude of different tasks which included unloading the deliveries of vast amounts of surgical equipment, assembling furniture, measuring and marking out the required two-metre distancing on floors, and setting out chairs.
The request for assistance was made to Tiny Clifton by Lincoln Mason Andy Ham who’s currently employed on the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum. Realising the amount of work to be completed in against a tight deadline and at short notice, Andy contacted Tiny who quickly assembled the group of volunteers from the Boston area.
Rick West added: “It was a busy day with some obvious pressure to have everything ready for opening the following Monday. Working alongside NHS staff was both enjoyable and rewarding, When we all left on Friday evening there was a real sense of achievement in seeing the centre ready to open for business, and feeling that we had made our own small contribution towards fighting the Covid pandemic in our local community.
“We extend our best wishes to all of the staff who will be working at the centre in the busy and demanding weeks and months ahead.”