On Saturday, 23 June 2018 the President of the Mark Benevolent Fund, the official charity of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, R.W.Bro. Dr John Wright, RD, P.G.S.W., handed over three ambulances and a treatment centre to H.R.H. The Duchess of Gloucester, GCVO, GCStJ, Commandant-in-Chief, St John Cymru – Wales. The vehicles were dedicated by the Archbishop of Cardiff.
The ceremony took place on The Green above Llandaff Cathedral, Cardiff following their Annual Investiture Meeting and Centenary Service. The vehicles will give their service in the Mark Provinces of North Wales, South Wales, Dyfed and Monmouthshire.
In attendance was:
R.W.Bro. Dr John Wright, RD, P.G.S.W. with wife Julia
R.W.Bro. Ryan Williams P.G.J.W., Honorary Secretary
R.W.Bro. Peter Talbot, Prov.G.M. for North Wales
R.W.Bro. David Powell, Prov.G.M. for Monmouthshire
W.Bro. Jeff Clarke, Dep.Prov.G.M. for South Wales with wife Andrea
W.Bro. Darren Coleman-Heald, P.A.G.D.C., Charities Manager
The new vehicles are just 4 of the 52 vehicles which have been secured thanks to a capital grant by the Mark Benevolent Fund to the St John Ambulance.
The donation of over £3 million is providing new ambulances, treatment centres and support vehicles to St John Ambulance.
Vehicles are being handed over in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in a phased programme throughout 2018.