Essex Freemasons support limbless veterans charity with £1,100 donation

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Members of Colcestria Lodge No. 7123 in Essex held their annual Ladies Festival gala dinner at the St Giles Masonic Centre in Colchester on Saturday 2nd December 2017, in aid of Blesma, The Limbless Veterans

Proceeds from the night totalling £1,100 were donated to Blesma at the request of the Worshipful Master Brian Chenier. As well as being employed as a Support Officer with the charity, Brian has a family connection with Blesma.

Blesma is the national charity for all limbless service men and women, their widows and dependants. Brian's late father, David, was an associate member after losing his left leg through diabetes and his mother Margaret continues the family connection as a Blesma widow. David was also a Freemason and was a member of Colcestria Lodge.

Brian said: 'As Master of my lodge I was able to nominate a charity to benefit from the Ladies Festival. Choosing Blesma was an immediate and obvious choice. The support my Mum and Dad received from the association was superb and my Dad was very proud to be part of Blesma.'

Through his work, Brian has seen first-hand the benefit this donation will have. 'Through my work and connection with Blesma I was able to really impress on my fellow Freemasons the importance of making such a donation,' added Brian.

'As Masons we do not go out and collect money from others, we give what we can out of our own pockets. I was very pleased with the generosity of those that attended the Ladies Festival, many of whom were non-masons.'

During a lodge meeting, Brian arranged for the Master of Ceremonies from the night, Paul Humphries PJGD, to present the cheque to him. Paul, himself a veteran having served in HM Royal marines, said: 'It was a pleasure to have been part of such a wonderful night of celebration and to be able to present the cheque. The work Blesma do to support our injured veterans really strikes a chord with me as a veteran and as a Mason.'

The cheque for £1,100 was handed over to Blesma Chief Executive Barry Le Grys at their office in Chadwell Heath.

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