Celebrating 300 years

An unusual turn of events has resulted in the Stroke Association becoming the recipients of a £1,000 donation from London Freemason Ted Jennings

Ted became an honorary member of his lodge 10 years ago, but forgot to cancel the standing order for his subscription – and now his oversight has benefited the Stroke Association in London to the tune of £1,000.

Trevor Sherman, Treasurer of Zetland Lodge No. 511, explained: ‘Ted had a balance of nearly £900 on his account so I asked him what he wanted to do with the money. Ted suffered a stroke himself a few years ago and is now unable to attend lodge meetings.

‘He was very grateful at the time for the support he got with his recovery from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woolwich. Without hesitation Ted said he wanted to donate the money to charity and specifically, to the Stroke Association.’

The lodge topped Ted’s donation up to £1,000 and presented it to Heather Clifford, Community and Events Fundraiser for the London region of the Stroke Association.

In accepting the cheque, Heather commented: ‘Thank you for the generous donation to the Stroke Association. Please pass on my thanks to Ted Jennings for selecting to support our charity.

‘Thanks to supporters like yourselves we are able to continue our work providing vital services, campaigning for better care and investing in research to find better treatments for stroke.’

Heather gave a presentation to members of Zetland Lodge and their guests about the work of the Stroke Association. She explained that stroke continues to be one of the greatest health challenges of our time, and can happen to anyone at any time.

There are over 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK with 100,000 strokes happening in the UK each year. Most strokes are preventable and having a heart test is really important because it helps people to know if they have high blood pressure or atrial fibrillation (AF), conditions which mean you're are at much greater risk of having a stroke.

Cabaret evening huge success

Members of Jasper Tudor Lodge No. 4047 organised a cabaret evening where attendees dressed up in exotic clothing and entertained everyone

The main contributors to the entertainment were the Maindee Martial Arts and Fitness Centre, of which around 8 of the Jasper Tudor brethren are either members or have family links.

Everyone worked extremely hard at fundraising for local charities, and in particular the outstanding effort by both of Bro Gary Gassor's daughters, Emma and Leanne.

Local businesses were approached and the positive results were there for all to see by the end of the evening with a staggering £14,291.65 raised. Prior to the evening several individuals had raised funds by several means, from running half marathons to individual training sessions with some of the highly qualified Martial Arts Tutors. The funds will be distributed in varying proportions to the local branches of: Cystic Fibrosis, Stroke Association, Sparkle Appeal (local children's Hospital), Special Care Infant Parent Support and the Jasper Tudor Lodger Charity Account which supports local charities and good causes throughout the year.

Newport Masonic Hall was full to capacity which was also a good thing as no doubt there would have been a healthy income at the bar and as funds are always needed to help restore the building this would be an added bonus.

Stroke care trainer receives national award

James Benson, a physiotherapist who works as a trainer for the Stroke Association, has received a prestigious national award for his work developing the first formal qualifications for stroke carers. James was initiated into Halesowen Lodge, No. 5635, Province of Worcestershire, in 2003 by his father Stuart. Now a Past Master of the lodge, James believes that some of the skills gained from masonry have enabled him to progress in his field.

Working at the Life After Stroke Centre in Bromsgrove, he received the ‘Delivering integrated health and social care’ Service Excellence award at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy’s annual awards for developing an integrated programme of training, educational standards and qualifications. The programme has also received acclaim from the awarding body National Qualifications and Credit Framework.

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