Ewan’s Disneyland dream comes true
A trip to Disneyland in Paris for 15-year-old Ewan Barry has been arranged by Northumberland masons. Ewan has a life-limiting condition called Friedreich’s ataxia, which progressively attacks every muscle in the body. With a number of related conditions, Ewan is confined to a wheelchair and is losing his eyesight.
A charity event was held at South Shields – arranged by Jeff Parkin, Ewan’s father and Master of Ionic Lodge, No. 6344 – to help finance the visit for him and his family. Lodge Almoner Tony George obtained a grant of £4,000 from the Richard Henry Holmes Masonic Benevolent Fund, with the remaining £1,000 needed for the trip raised at the charity evening.