On a visit to Sophie House in Hampton Bishop, Ian Talboys of Delphis Lodge No. 7769 found the experience 'truly inspirational'
Together with fellow Freemason Don Lane, Ian presented a donation of £1,000 from his lodge to the Martha Trust.
Sarah Sharp-Smith - founding trustee and mother of Sophie, one of the lifelong residents - gave a guided tour of the new building, now just twelve months in being.
The visitors were suitably impressed with the home’s exceptional and innovative design with 'organic shape' open spaces. It has a fully landscaped garden and a state of the art centre for complementary therapies, including hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, and music and multi-sensory stimulating light therapies.
This new building adds to the charity’s first purpose-built home at Hampton Green, established in 1996, resulting in a total of 28 single bedrooms. The rooms serve lifelong residents with profound disabilities and complex needs, requiring specialised individualised care.
Don and his wife Heather have supported the Martha Trust over the years, appreciating the severe lack of long term respite care nationally for such individuals.
The recently held Old English Night at Dephis Lodge heralded another wave of charitable giving to local organisations. Over the past decades Delphis has consistently recorded the highest per capita giving within the Province of Herefordshire, generously supported by the Vaga, Delphis, Coningsby Charitable Trust as once again most evident on this occasion.
W Bro Kevin Lyons, Worshipful Master of Delphis Lodge, and his Wardens Brothers Ian Talboys and John Crooks, by example, supported the following proposals put by W Bro David Knowles and W Bro Don Lane which were universally approved:
- £1,000 Blackmarston School, plus £304 from the draw & £105 from the auction
- £1,000 Haven Breast Cancer Support Centre
- £1,000 Robocap
- £1,000 Herefordshire Masonic Charity Associations (HMCA) 'B' Fund used for petitions from local charities
- £30 Teddies for Loving Care for Hereford Hospital from the auction of one of the teddy bears
Such dedicated giving promises well for the future, including the next Festival to be awarded to the Province of Herefordshire.
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’.