The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) has donated £4,400 to MS Action, a charity that has provided complementary treatments for those with multiple sclerosis for more than 20 years
The funds will assist with the running costs of the centre’s high-density oxygen treatment chamber in Walthamstow, East London. The donation presented by London masons will contribute towards operating costs for the specialist treatment – available not only to multiple sclerosis sufferers, but also adults and children with autism, cerebral palsy or Parkinson’s disease, as well as those who are recovering from a stroke or cancer.
Debbie Peacock, MS Action’s treasurer, said: ‘The donation from the MCF and London masons is helping to run and maintain our oxygen chamber. London Freemasonry’s support is invaluable.’
HRH The Duke of Kent, Grand Master and Grand President of the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), was present for the official opening of the charity’s refurbished offices
Following the launch of the MCF, the offices underwent a much-needed refit to meet the staff’s changing needs. During the transition from several charities to a single organisation, it became clear that the existing office structure was a barrier to working as a unified team.
The renovation has created a space that is lighter, brighter and more open, with more facilities for staff to meet and collaborate with one another.
The Duke of Kent’s visit helps to demonstrate the impact of the MCF’s work and how all teams are working together to support the masonic and wider community.
An East Lancashire Masonic Charity (ELMC) grant of £4,650 is the first contribution to a million-pound appeal by East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust’s ELHT&ME charity
Launched at a breakfast reception, the appeal will focus on improvements that are above and beyond normal NHS provisions, such as specialised medical equipment. It also aims to enhance the patient environment at ELHT’s five hospitals.
The ELMC grant will provide static and mobile video conferencing technology and equipment that allows young people to access speedy support for mental health issues from medical professionals without the need to travel.
Grand Lodge regularly receives special visitors, and none were more welcome than a group of Chelsea Pensioners who were greeted by then-Grand Secretary Willie Shackell and Junior Grand Warden Sir Tony Baldry
On their tour of Freemasons’ Hall, the Chelsea Pensioners were taken around the Grand Temple, saw Winston Churchill’s masonic apron in The Library and Museum of Freemasonry and visited several lodge rooms.
Each was given the latest copy of Freemasonry Today, with some taking the opportunity to have a look around Letchworth’s, the masonic shop within the hall.
Provincial Grand Master Stephen Hookey, along with other members of the Provincial Executive, were in attendance to present a cheque for £2,500 to this year’s cast of Guys and Dolls as part of a rolling programme of awards from the Provincial Grand Charity.
Worcester’s Sabrina Lodge, No. 6595, has given Bike Tours for the Wounded more than £2,000
The charity supports veterans who have been physically injured, suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or live with a life-changing medical condition.
The money will enable the charity to send a local wounded veteran on a trip along some of the most beautiful and breathtaking roads in the world, riding pillion on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
The trips have been running for the past seven years and are proving to be a huge part of the recovery process for those they have supported.
University Lodge of Chester No. 4477, welcomed Assistant Grand Master Sir David Wootton, Cheshire Provincial Grand Master Stephen Blank and more than 100 masons to witness the initiation of seven new members
The ceremony was conducted by Professor Andrew Thomas. The Provincial Grand Master presented Sir David with a bottle of Scotch whisky, while the lodge presented him with a bottle of Cheshire gin.
Westmorland Youth Orchestra has received £1,000 from the Province of Cumberland & Westmorland
The cheque was presented to director of music Fredrik Holm by Provincial Grand Master Norman Thompson at a concert at Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale.
The hall was full to hear the 60 gifted young musicians. Classical and contemporary pieces performed ranged from ‘Danse Macabre’ by Saint-Saëns to ‘Viva la Vida’ by Coldplay and George Gershwin’s ‘An American in Paris’.
Norman said the cheque was the first of five annual £1,000 gifts to help the orchestra’s players reach their fullest potential.
HRH Prince Michael of Kent has agreed to become president of Square Wheels, formerly the Masonic Classic Vehicle Club
Formed in 2002 and open to non-masons, the club has been renamed to reflect the national reputation it enjoys. Prince Michael is also president of the Royal Automobile Club and an honorary member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club.
Pictured here, Square Wheels chairman Mark Pierpoint shows Prince Michael his Rolls-Royce Shadow 1 at Buckingham Palace in 2016, when Prince Michael inspected 90 British vehicles on behalf of the Queen.
It followed an appeal the Province launched last year to raise enough money within 12 months to buy one new bike for SERV.
Only nine months later, and masons presented SERV with not one, but three new motorcycles. The volunteers will now use these Blood Bikes to transport blood, plasma, platelets, samples, vaccines, donor breast milk and other urgently required medical items to hospitals and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Norfolk Freemasons raised the money for the bikes, which cost £15,000 each, at lodge meetings, social events and auctions, and from personal donations. The Dean of Norwich, the Very Reverend Jane Hedges, performed a blessing during the presentation.
The three new bikes are called Faith, Hope and Charity.