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Morrisons to give away 60,000 FREE pizza making kits to families in need this ½ term

MORRISONS is giving away 60,000 pizza making kits across the UK this  ½ Term to help fight holiday hunger. Colleagues working on Morrisons pizza counters in stores will each prepare 30 pizza kits per day, which will then be distributed to local Schools and community groups to help support families in need via Morrisons Community Champions. Each kit includes:- ready to roll pizza dough, tomato sauce, grated cheese and either peppers and sweetcorn or pepperoni and ham depending on whether families would like a meat or vegetarian option. The kits also contain a recipe card with cooking instructions and details of a competition that families can enter to be in with the chance of winning ₤100 Morrisons vouchers. All they have to do is post a picture of their pizza tagging Morrisons on Instagram and include the hashtag:- '#PizzaKitWin.'  Morrisons pizza kit donations follow the donation of over 75,000 lunchboxes to School children over the previous  ½ Term break in October 2020.

Sian Ayling, Head of Food To Go at Morrisons, said:- "We want to ensure that as many children as possible have access to the food they need over the  ½ Term break, which is why we're offering these pizza kits to those who need them in our local communities and would encourage as many people as possible to get involved with our competition."

Morrisons also offers customers the option of buying their own:- 'Pick Up Packs,' which are also distributed to local Food Banks, Schools and community groups.  The packs' cost between ₤1 and ₤5 and contain a nutritionally balanced mix of food products and other essentials that have been requested by the local community groups according to their needs. The pre-packed parcels are available at the front of all Morrisons stores and are paid for at the checkout. The pack is then put aside in our dedicated donation areas ready to be passed on the local Food Banks and community groups.


Freemasons invited to volunteer for vaccination drive

THE Freemasons are encouraging its 200,000 members to roll up their sleeves and volunteer to help vaccinate the population. To help protect all UK citizens during this difficult time, the Freemasons have also offered their lodges to administer the vital jabs and many buildings are being used as Covid19 Vaccination Centres.

With thanks to members all over the UK, including within the Liverpool City Region, have helped, for example, with hosting events, at locations like Halsey Hall, Hertfordshire, that is currently being used as a Vaccination Centre and supporting 3 Local GP Surgeries. The Centre has been operational since 15 January 2021 and once fully scaled, there will be up to 1,000 vaccinations given each day at the Centre.

NHS frontline staff members are also administering the jabs at the Freemasons building in Essex. Meanwhile, Freemasons in south Wales are opening the doors of Barry Masonic Hall, to local medical practices, in order to help in the mass vaccination against Covid19, from 21 January 2021.

2 halls are also being used as Vaccination Centres, in West Kent. At the Westwood Masonic Centre, in Welling, more than 2,000 people were vaccinated on 9 January to 10 January 2021, while the Tunbridge Wells Masonic Centre opened its doors for vaccinations, on 14 January 2021.

In addition, the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), the Governing body for Freemasonry in England and Wales, is encouraging Freemasons to donate their time and efforts to help fight the virus. But it is also emphasised that those volunteering should not participate if they are in an at risk group.

Freemason Alec Hurley is a retired RAF senior medical officer and a self employed medical examiner for the Civil Aviation Authority. During these difficult times, he is back on duty working 12 hour shifts 3 times a week for clinical Covid19 assessment, and as a clinical supervisor at the Stevenage super hub for vaccinations.

In many provinces, Freemasons are volunteering to help. In Devonshire, Lincolnshire, Leicester and Wiltshire they are assisting at vaccination sites, while in Dorset they are driving ambulances and working as volunteer vaccinators.

More than 100 Freemasons from Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire have volunteered with St John's Ambulance to help the NHS Covid19 vaccination team. St John's Ambulance is providing full training for the volunteers, while the Freemasons have made their buildings available to the St John's logistics team.

Meanwhile, in Cheshire, Freemasons are working with the Clinical Commissioning Group to provide the local Masonic Hall as a major vaccination hub to protect patients.

The UGLE campaign is being carried out through its monthly email to members and official social media channels. The idea is to reach as members as possible, to encourage them to help immunise the population.

Dr David Staples, chief executive of the UGLE, said:- "In 2018, more than 18.5 million hours of volunteer work were undertaken by Freemasons. Now that we have the vaccine in the UK, it is crucial that we help in every way we can to protect the population. If the NHS needs people, then we are happy to encourage and emphasise the importance of this to our members. We want to support the NHS and show our gratitude for its people's efforts and the amazing job they have done during the Pandemic. Freemasons always stand behind our core values of friendship, integrity, charity and respect; and we are proud to help so many people."

According to the NHS, more than 6 million people had received a vaccine by 28 January 2021. Britain has ordered 140 million vaccine doses; enough to protect the entire population. But the NHS faces a race against time to protect everyone before a possible new wave.

More than ever, efforts to vaccinate those most at risk from serious illness are now paramount, and there is a need to ensure that the NHS has as many volunteers as possible. To help the NHS in the vaccination campaign, volunteers should sign up at:- NHSVolunteerResponders.Org.UK.

Volunteers will then receive an email with login details to sign up online and be asked to download the GoodSAM app, which will match the person to their area.

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