Nearly 100 brethren and their wives travelled from across Cornwall, to show their support for our Provincial Grand Master Kevin Hicks at the official presentation of a new BMW RT1200 P motorcycle to the Cornwall Blood Bikes Charity. The donation to Cornwall Blood Bikes, is part of the partnership with the National Association of Blood Bikes which has seen donations made by the Mark Benevolent Fund to twenty six Blood Bike Groups nationally totalling £437,934.
The funding for this partnership came from the Royal Parks walk which took place in May 2017. In 2016 the then Pro Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons Richard Victor Wallis, announced that he intended there to be a charity walk through the Royal Parks of London which “he hoped might raise £100,000 pounds for the Mark Benevolent Fund”.
The founding principle of the Mark Benevolent Fund was to provide relief to Mark Masons and their dependants quickly – with the founding principle that “he gives twice who gives promptly”.
That aim is as relevant today as it was when the fund which this year celebrated the One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of its formation in Lincolnshire with the 2018 MBF festival.
The MBF Charity Walk took place on Saturday 6th May 2017, with teams from Provinces across the country taking part, Cornwall being represented by the Provincial Grand Master Kevin Hicks, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master Peter Johns, Mrs Carole Johns, Mrs Denise Trevains and Simon Trevains. The final sum raised far exceeded the expectations of our Pro Grand Master, raising the astonishing sum of £437, 934.
We look forward to seeing “Mark Mason out and about on the roads of Cornwall and express out thanks to Darren Coleman-Heald the Charities Manager from The Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons for travelling to Cornwall to attend the presentation and to the Brethren and their ladies for their support.