UGLE’s Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, was at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford to open the Stokes Centre for Urology on 5 March 2019
This new NHS centre of excellence was jointly funded by The Prostate Project and Royal Surrey County Hospital following 10 years of fundraising.
Colin Stokes launched the Prostate Project in 1998 to raise £250,000 for a scanner, but went on to raise over £8 million. In recognition of the charity’s vital role, the centre has been named after its founder.
While the building has patient access at its core, The Duke of Kent also saw how it is the culmination of the most significant investments in urological services in the UK for over a decade. It is the largest centre for brachytherapy in Europe and third in the world.
The Prostate Project raised £2.85 million of the £5.9 million needed to build the new centre. In the foyer of the centre there is a plaque listing the Prostate Project’s Hall of Fame, recognising all donors who have contributed £3,000 or more and buy-a-brick donors are recognised in reception.
The Hall of Fame is testimony to the efforts of:
- The Provincial Grand Lodge and Chapter of Surrey who achieved a Platinum Award;
- Astolat Lodge No. 5848, who meet in Guildford, Surrey, qualified for a Silver Award;
- Castle Keep Lodge No. 6446, who meet in Godalming, Surrey, qualified for a Bronze Award; and
- Surrey Provincial Lodge of Mark Master Masons, who qualified for a Bronze Award.
During the visit, The Duke of Kent met several Surrey Freemasons who supported the Prostate Project by contributing over £70,000.
Those present included Surrey’s Deputy Provincial Grand Master Richard Wileman, who was supported by Surrey Freemason Vic Simmons, who is also an Ambassador and Trustee of The Prostate Project, and Peter Wood, the Master and Charity Steward of Astolat Lodge.