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Charity is symbolised in Freemasonry by a trowel; an implement which metaphorically spreads the cement of brotherly love and kindness which binds us all together. But what if your bonding material isn’t cement but solder? Freemason Christopher Bell did just that when he delivered a charity internet live stream in aid of a much-needed service during the coronavirus outbreak. Chris, who is a lecturer in electronic engineering, took his love for circuits and soldering irons to another level as he performed an online demonstration where he constructed a rudimentary oscilloscope from various electronic components. Whilst piecing the circuit together, Chris was encouraging the viewers to donate whatever they could afford to help support the North East Ambulance Service.


Asked what prompted him to do this, Chris explained “Everybody knows somebody who works for the NHS; my wife is a Clinical Section Manager in the North East Ambulance Service and my sister is a specialist Cardiovascular Nurse so the important work our front line services are doing isn’t just on the news but it is in my home.  Like many people, I have felt helpless over the last few weeks, and that prompted me to do something to help, even if it is in a small way.  I thought maybe I could entertain those that are doing their bit by staying at home and, at the same time, raise much needed cash for those who can’t.”


Chris, who lives in Sacriston but is a member of Ernest Dixon Lodge in Sunderland, deemed the event a success – all the money raised during the online stream was donated to the Ambulance Service in support of their work against Covid-19 and Chris is looking to perform more online demonstrations to continue his charity drive.


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