Welsh Guardsman, Freemason and fundraiser extraordinaire Clive Jones of St Mary's Lodge No. 8373 in the Province of Shropshire recently received a national community award for his charitable work. Blind Veterans UK honoured Clive at a ceremony at Brighton, in recognition of his non-stop work for the benefit of others.
Clive lost his sight in 2000 whilst serving on duty, and yet those who know him well can attest that this has barely slowed him at all – curry nights, quiz nights and Provincial perambulations all with but one thought in mind – to relieve his friends (and anyone else, for that matter) of their hard-earned cash so that it can go to charity!
Freemasonry Today recently carried a story and picture showing Clive taking part in a sponsored walk to raise funds for Shropshire’s 2019 Festival. This particular yomp of 11 miles counted as one of his tougher assignments, but, as ever, Clive came through it with a smile.
Clive received his prestigious award from Maj Gen (Rtd) Nick Caplin, CEO of the charity, on 31st March. Clive is not just a charitable man, but also a massive inspiration to those who suffer from similar disabilities, who take from Clive the simple message that they can still be positive and make a big difference in the world.