Canoeing marathon for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Despite some less than ideal conditions, six members of Wentworth Lodge No. 737, led by W Bro Rob Mallett, successfully completed a canoeing marathon from Northampton to Peterborough, raising funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital along the route.

The 3 day programme – which entailed canoeing over 62 miles and negotiating 37 locks – started on 18th and ended on 20th April 2012. Throughout this demanding challenge the team only managed six hours of sleep: 10 miles for each hour of sleep!

Their efforts, however, proved worthwhile as they raised in excess of £9,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Coinciding with their challenge the team members visited lodges and masonic centres across Northampton, Wellingborough, Rushden, Kettering and Peterborough, including Hatton Lodge No. 3041 where Bro Nick Skillett, a member of the canoe team, was passed to the second degree.

This challenge came about when the Worshipful Master of the Wentworth Lodge wanted to find some way to offer thanks for the fantastic care given by Great Ormond Street Hospital to his son, who is awaiting life-changing neurosurgery for epilepsy.

The London-based hospital is a national charity, but it is accessed by children from all over the country, referred there when their local hospital cannot offer solutions or hope. GOSH is a pioneering centre of medical research and care, and in addition to the NHS funding they already receive they need to raise over £50 million pounds through charitable donations in order to maintain their internationally recognised standards.

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