Towards the end of last year our Provincial Grand Master was approached by the newly formed University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity with a request for assistance on several ongoing projects for 2022. One of these projects was to provide a number of modern Flo-Jack lifting aids to each of the three main hospitals covering east Dorset (Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch) at a cost of £6,353 each, supplementing and eventually replacing the existing lifting aids which were coming to the end of their usefulness
In less than a week it was agreed that Dorset Freemasonry would step up to the request and fully fund one of the new Flo-Jack aids. To do this Dorset’s own Masonic charity, Dorset Masonic Care, would fund half of the cost and the central Masonic Charitable Foundation would provide the balance from its matched funding budget for Dorset. Both Masonic charities are directly financed by contributions from individual Freemasons.
With the funds in place a new lifting aid was purchased by the NHS Charity and is now one of seven devices in daily use at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, providing much needed aid and relief to patients who have fallen and who are unable to get up again without assistance.
Peter Boyd, Provincial Grand Charity Steward