Celebrating 300 years

The Lodge of St Cuthberga No. 622 in Dorset have supported Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (DCCF) this Christmas with a £3,432 donation

St Cuthberga's Family Christmas Lunch was made extra special as Chris Hawkes from the Lodge presented Leslie May Harrison, the founder of DCCF, with the cheque for £3,432.

DCCF provides financial support to families affected by cancer in Dorset, to aid with the recovery and treatment when traditional care may be insufficient. The foundation also supports and works with other Dorset-based groups to assist with cancer research and education, as well as helping fund medical equipment required for the treatment of cancer patients.

The charity will use the donation to provide services such as transport and parking costs for travelling to treatment, counselling, wigs and prosthetics, as well as respite breaks for patients. 

Lesley May Harrison said: 'Thank you from all at DCCF and those we will be able to help.'

Leslie then joined the Lodge for a Christmas lunch at Wimborne Masonic Hall, with special guests including eight widows of past lodge members.

All present were able to join in the singing of carols accompanied by the Wimborne Musical Theatre Society (WMTS). The Lodge also gave a donation to WMTS at the dinner and raised a further £425 for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Helping out Georgia

Warwickshire masons from 17 lodges have given support to teenager Georgia Pickard, who is fighting one of the world’s rarest forms of bone cancer.

As a result of the masons’ efforts, Birmingham Children’s Hospital’s pioneering Teenage Cancer Trust has received £3,400.

Georgia’s grandparents have provided catering for a number of lodges in Tamworth and Sutton Coldfield for many years. Grandfather Walter Richardson and the Sutton Coldfield-based Lodge of St Blaise, No. 6113, led the fundraising with £1,600 from a ladies evening. The cheque was presented by Master Pete Woodfield.

Friday, 12 October 2012 12:01

Clash of the Titans Raises £2,000

The inaugural Province of Northumberland versus the Province of Durham charity rugby match, the Northumberland Masonic Rugby Club (Wok Smugglers), in support of the year-long campaign for Byker Masonic Hall's 2012 two chosen charities, are pleased to advise that through their combined efforts the Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund and the Teenage Cancer Trust are looking healthier to the tune of £2,000.

Over a year in the planning, the long-awaited rugby match took place at Ryton Rugby Club on Saturday 30 June 2012, rearranged from the original venue at Novocastrians Rugby Club due to storms of biblical proportions hitting the North East of England two days previously.

Both teams were presented to W Bro David Lillie who represented the Province of Northumberland, with W Bro George Clark being in attendance on behalf of the Province of Durham. The game itself ended in a fine victory for the Northumberland representatives, who ran out 62 – 10 winners.

Man of the match awards chosen by the rival teams gained approval by a healthy crowd of 150 or so hardy souls. Durham’s number 2, Adam Hill, and Northumberland’s 19, Dan O’Sullivan, received the respective accolades. O’Sullivan’s staggering haul of four tries and four conversions totalling 28 points marked him out as the superior player on the pitch. Credit should go to the mascots and ball boys for the day, Ethan White, Ethan Lavender and Mason Miller, who ensured a flowing game never flagged. A special mention should go to referee Alan Dickinson for officiating a game of novices with little knowledge of the game rules.

The after match celebrations were held at Byker Masonic Hall, where a well attended evening saw an emotional presentation of the Alice Gingell Memorial Trophy to Captain Mick Prior and Vice Captain Frazer Hill by the Gingell family.

The evening raised even more money for the charities by those very generous attendees, where players, wives and partners enjoyed a magnificent evening of fun and entertainment to round off the day.

Another story to come out of the match was when W Bro Andrew Smith's son Peter put his weight behind the event. Peter Smith had carried the Olympic torch through Prudhoe on Saturday 16th June and brought the torch along on the day. Peter agreed to have his photo taken of the torch with those who attended in exchange for a donation towards the Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund. Peter was keen to help this worthy charity as he has been a recipient of their efforts in the past. He raised £120 which will be added to the ongoing campaign.

Guildford Masons celebrate their annual summer lunch with a donation of £1,000 to the Teenage Cancer Trust

Anna Wemyss, Regional Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust joined members of Onslow Lodge No. 2234 at their annual summer lunch at the Guildford Masonic Centre, Hitherbury Close, Guildford on Sunday 29th July, to receive a cheque for £1,000.

The cheque was presented by last year's master of the lodge, Cliff Chilton, who commented, 'During these tough economic times it is more important than ever to support non-profit organizations that make a difference to the communities we live and work in. A huge part of being a Freemason is supporting and caring for the less fortunate in society, and in this case, for teenagers with cancer, improving their quality of life'.

Anna Wemyss commented, 'We are delighted with the much needed support we have had from the Onslow Masonic Lodge. Donations will go towards the running costs of the Teenage Cancer Trust’s dedicated state-of-the-art unit at The Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, which cares for young people with cancer from across the region. All our support comes from voluntary donations, so we are thrilled with the fundraising efforts of the Onslow Masonic Lodge'.

For further information about The Teenage Cancer Trust please visit www.teenagecancertrust.org

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