Essex Freemasons’ £30,000 gift of life for little Henry

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

A three-year-old boy with cancer is able to get life-saving treatment in Germany, thanks to a £30,000 donation by Essex Freemasons

Henry Hall, from Great Wakering, was diagnosed with brain and spine cancer in February and has undergone numerous rounds of chemotherapy treatment.

However, radiotherapy is now the only treatment that can save Henry’s life, prompting his parents to seek help to raise £60,000 for the least damaging form of treatment – proton beam therapy – which is not available on the NHS.

Trustees of the Essex Freemasons Community Fund saw the story about the fundraising mission for Henry in the local paper, the Evening Echo, and generously donated the remaining £30,000 needed for the life-saving treatment.

Henry’s mum Louise said: 'I just couldn’t believe it. The relief was like this cloud has been lifted. It’s taken a massive weight off our minds because we can concentrate on everything we need to do to take care of Henry and our family rather than worrying about how we were going to afford the treatment.'

She added: 'It was lovely meeting the Freemasons, they were so down to earth. They made out like it wasn’t a big deal, but it really is to us. Henry’s dad, Cameron, couldn’t believe it. He just cried and hugged me. We’re just so grateful.'

Louise also paid tribute to every other person who donated to help them smash their target. She added: 'It’s so overwhelming that all these people who don’t know Henry want to help.

'I just want to thank everyone for helping us to raise the money and for holding Henry in their hearts.'

Essex Deputy Provincial Grand Master in charge Paul Reeves presented Henry and his family with the cheque.

He said: 'It was really humbling meeting him. He’s a lovely young lad and I’m pleased we have been able to have the funds to make a difference to his life.'

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