Help for St Michael’s
In a visit to St Michael’s Hospice Hereford, the Rev David Bowen, Provincial Grand Master of Herefordshire, met patient and Past Master of Delphis Lodge, No. 7769, Colin Tudor and his wife Gill.
Colin had for some time been a fundraiser for the Macmillan Renton Unit and St Michael’s Hospice. Following a period of chemotherapy treatment, Colin walked across mid-Wales for these charitable concerns.
While he was there, David Bowen, accompanied by Mike Roff, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Herefordshire, presented the hospice with a £3,343 donation from the Grand Charity.
Over the years, the Province of Herefordshire has presented some £70,000 to the hospice, helping towards the current £3.2 million refurbishment.
Colin Tudor, having successfully undergone more than five years of extensive treatment for cancer, has commenced a campaign to pass on his personal experiences during his period of therapy and care, to groups of public and patients
His initial illustrated presentation 'Life is for Living', was given at a seminar held at The Three Counties Hotel at the request of Alison Stemp, Macmillan Information and Support Advisor based at the Hereford Cancer Unit. The illustrations in the presentation included a photographic record of his sponsored 90-mile walk from Aberystwyth to Hereford, as the crow flies, in aid of the purchase of new equipment for the unit.
Such presentations are designed to demonstrate, in Colin's words, 'that just because a person has a life threatening condition, it must not be an excuse to give up, and that normal life – perhaps with some restrictions – can still go on.'
Several organisations have received this presentation, and any donations received Colin has given to charity, mostly to Midlands Air Ambulance.
Colin's next presentation will take place at St Michael's Hospice.
A sponsored walk across central Wales has raised £3,600 towards the purchase of two Ambulatory Infusion Pumps for patient use at the Hereford Macmillan Renton Cancer Unit.
Freemasons Colin Tudor and his walking companion Ian Talboys, as well as trustee Cliff Burkett, presented the equipment to chemotherapy staff nurse Helen Blundell and Macmillan cancer support facilitator Alison Stemp at the cancer unit in Hereford Hospital.
The donation is the latest in the continued support of Hereford Hospital by Hereford Freemasons. Colin Tudor has agreed to relate his experiences during his recent and successful course of cancer treatment to fellow patients about to commence their own treatment. Alison Stemp described Colin as ‘inspirational – an example to others’.