A CREWKERNE club has produced more than 500 pieces of PPE for the health service thanks to one member’s 3D printer.

Donald Gray is a member of his local freemason branch, the Parrett and Axe Lodge.

With their backing, Donald has produced more than 500 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE).

This has gone to Crewkerne Hospital and staff at a number of care homes in the area.

Donald said: “My wife and I are both over 70, and we are in lockdown and we are self-isolating.

“I have got a very active mind and I just wanted to do something to help other people who are having to go to work and put themselves at risk.

“I am a member of Crewkerne freemasons and I mentioned to the leader what I wanted to be doing and they sponsored me.”

Donald’s machine has been working 24/7 for the past few weeks.

He added: “I have been busy producing these PPE components to distribute to the people who are wanting these gadgets.

“What I am producing is not the face masks, but ear shields.

“When you are wearing a face masks, after a while the ears get quite sore.

“What I am producing fastens around the back of the head and takes the pressure off the ears.

As well as Crewkerne Hospital, Donald’s supplies have gone to Rhydderch House, Wessex House, West Abbey Care Centre, Orchard Care Home, Selwyn House, and Russett House.

He said: “I have been a freemason for many years and my interest is just in helping people.

“Our whole essence is to help others, whether they are members or not.”

The Parrett and Axe Lodge was founded in June 1860.

For more information, visit crewkerne-freemasons.org.