The Master of Dorset’s United Service Lodge No. 3473, Roger Barnes, handed over a cheque for £305 to the Weymouth and Portland Veterans Hub in February 2019
The Veterans Hub was set up to try and make services to former troops more accessible and any profits made from the café at the Hub go towards continuing the hub's work. On Mondays, they close to the public so organisations such as the Lantern Trust and SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, can come together in one place to provide a 'one-stop' hub for people seeking help.
Since its birth the hub has continued to grow and now provides food and drink for veterans and the local community of Wyke and surrounding areas.
The latest donation now brings the total amount given to the Hub by United Service Lodge to just under £1,000.
Wayne Ingram, a member of United Service Lodge, plays an active part of this project as their ambassador and can often be seen chatting to those who enter its doors. The money raised by the lodge will go towards sculpturing the garden area with the intention to provide veterans and members of the community a place to rest, relax and grow their own vegetables in a walled, safe environment.
Wayne’s help for Stefan
Ten years ago, Wayne Ingram of United Service Lodge, No. 3473, Portland, Dorset, was a soldier serving in Bosnia when he helped a young boy, Stefan, with life-threatening facial deformity. Wayne raised the money to pay for a series of complex operations to transform and save his life. Stefan had several procedures at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), most recently in May 2014. He will return to the UK for his final operation in 2017, for which the money has already been raised. This May, Wayne will spend seven nights in a life raft in Portland Harbour to raise money for GOSH and its tireless efforts on behalf of Stefan and other children.