Recognizing a local charity providing important benefit to Suffolk, David Boswell decided to adopt the Charity for his 2020 Grand Superintendent’s Appeal
The Chapters of Suffolk responded in true masonic spirit, and with match funding from the Suffolk Provincial Grand Chapter Charity in next to no time had raised the magnificent sum of £10,000, which David presented to Dr Virgo on behalf of Suffolk’s Royal Arch Masons.
He was accompanied by his wife Jenny, together with Mike and Gwen Caddock, and their granddaughter Lucy who tested the emergency vehicle’s blue lights! Meeting outdoors to comply with social distancing requirements, the Operations Manager gave an overview of the work of the charity, which on average responds to six medical emergencies or trauma incidents every week. In a quarter of the call-outs SARS is first on the scene. Dr Virgo demonstrated an automatic CPR resuscitation machine costing about £8,000 to provide and maintain. In emergencies it frees the SARS clinician working single-handed to treat and comfort the patient whilst the machine works to restart circulation and breathing – a real lifesaver. The efforts of Suffolk’s Royal Arch Masons received a tremendous boost when in early September, with the support of Provincial Grand Master Ian Yeldham, the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the Freemasons' Charity, agreed to match the total raised and made the total £20,000.