Quarterly Update on M.B.F. activities January

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Here is a summary of the work of the Mark Benevolent Fund so far, in this, our 150th Anniversary year:

  • 7 Provinces have now had their official St John Ambulance hand over and 5 more are due before the end of May. There will also be a significant event in Cardiff for the handover of the 4 Wales vehicles. I had the pleasure of meeting with representatives of the Priory of Wales.  The occasion was to celebrate the Centenary of the St John Priory of Wales. The enthusiasm and dedication of the trustees and volunteers for their organisation rivals our own at the Mark Benevolent Fund. The M.B.F. has donated £3.2 million to St John Ambulance to fund a combination of 52 ambulances, treatment centres and support vehicles throughout England, Wales and the Islands. Our partnership with this organisation highlights the M.B.F.’s continuing commitment to supporting projects with a wider community impact.
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Introducing Lawson - Puppy Partner


At just eight weeks old, Lawson is starting to show some of the characteristics that we require in a fully trained dog: confidence, an interest in people and in playing. On arrival in Banbury, Lawson was given a health check by the vet, along with his first vaccination. Life is tiring when you are a small puppy, so Lawson was given time to have a nice sleep, in a comfortable basket, before Puppy Coordinator Vicki took him to his new home in the West Midlands, to meet socialiser Alison and her family.

Until Lawson has had his full set of vaccinations, Alison will carry him when they are out and about. It is important for Alison to introduce Lawson to a variety of environments from a very young age, so that he becomes accustomed to the world around him. Once his vaccinations are complete, Lawson can begin to go for short lead-walks. Walks will initially be on quiet roads, so that he is introduced to passing traffic from a safe distance. Then, as his confidence grows, he will be introduced to busier roads, so he learns not to be startled by cars rushing by and any unexpected loud noises. Alison will make sure that Lawson has lots of opportunities to meet other dogs, people and children, so he learns not to be scared or anxious, and how to behave politely when he is meeting and greeting someone new.

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Intrepid climbers from Mark Masons’ Hall reach the summit


On Thursday 15 March a team of five from the Mark Masons’ Hall staff took on the challenge of the Vertical Rush, in aid of Shelter the homeless persons charity. A mere 932 steps stood between them and the summit of Tower 42 (formerly the NatWest Tower, on London’s Old Broad Street).

The team would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported them in their endeavour. The generosity of the members enabled them to raise over £1,500. This goes towards the enormous event total, which currently stands at over £300,000.00.

Chris Griggs, Assistant Manager, Masonic Support Services, led the charge with a time of 9 minutes 54 seconds and the whole team were enjoying the view of a fog-bound London from the 42nd floor in under 13 minutes.

Well done to Shelter, the organising team and the army of volunteers who put together this fantastic event.


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