Following treatment for a stroke, Michael Johnson, an Assistant Provincial Grand Principal in Essex Royal Arch, noted that the stroke unit at Colchester Hospital had only one QuickMove hoist. Michael asked if the chapters for which he was responsible could donate towards the supply of a second hoist; the money was raised and Michael was at the Colchester Hospital presentation. The Province bought two further hoists – about £1,700 each – and presented these to the Southend and Basildon Hospital stroke units.
After Michael passed away, it came to the attention of local Freemasons that the rehabilitation kitchen used by patients in the Colchester unit was in a poor state. Thanks to local masonic donations, including a sizeable amount from Essex Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge, No. 8665, the kitchen was refurbished at a cost of £7,390. The handover of donations was made by Grand Superintendent John Webb in the presence of Michael’s widow, Vikki, and his two sons. A plaque was placed in the kitchen in Michael’s memory.