A donation of £1,848 was presented to Maria Parker, Area Voluntary Manager of Cancer Research UK, by W Bro Don Preddy and his wife Shan. The money had been raised by members of the Arrow Lodge during Don’s year as Master.
In all, about £4,000 was raised for Don and Shan’s chosen charities for the year – Cancer Research UK and Midlands Air Ambulance – through a number of enjoyable social events, including a Midsummer Magic garden party at their home and an Autumn Apples lunch.
Maria Parker sincerely thanked Arrow Lodge for their much appreciated effort and support, and emphasised that Cancer Research UK relies heavily on such sponsorship and goodwill.
W Bro Preddy expressed his thanks to all members of Arrow Lodge, and members of other lodges who supported the events, for their great support for his fund raising events during his year, enabling the Lodge to raise such a significant sum. He particularly thanked W Bro David Duggan for all his work as Social Secretary of the Lodge.
In November 2006, John Donoghue of St Aldhelm’s Lodge No.2559 in Dorset was admitted to Guy’s Hospital, where he donated a kidney to his daughter Tara. For John, it was a life-changing experience seeing first-hand the suffering of so many young people. Since then, John has participated in many fundraising ventures. Last year it was Freemasonry and the RMBI in particular that benefited.
John and his friend Trevor Woodford set off on their touring bikes from Gibraltar to Poole, a formidable distance of 1,500 miles. John raised funds for the 2014 RMBI Dorset Festival and Trevor for Cancer Research UK. The final total was more than £3,000 – approximately £2 per mile. The RMBI encourages everyone within the Festival to think of ways to raise money and is committed to offering as much support to all fundraisers as it can. When it comes to fundraising, John’s motto is very clear: ‘I believe that it’s an honour to be a mason and it’s our duty to try and make a difference to those less fortunate than ourselves.’