NEWS

Mobile Treatment Vehicle to the St John Ambulance for Buckinghamshire

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On Wednesday I was privileged and pleased to present the new Mobile Treatment Vehicle to the St John Ambulance for Buckinghamshire at the Sir Nigel Mobbs Centre in Milton Keynes.

It was a great pleasure and honour to be welcomed and thanked by Elizabeth, the Countess Howe DL, Past President of the Order in Buckinghamshire.

The event was well attended by members of the Mark Province of Buckinghamshire including my Deputy PGM, W.Bro Keith Bristow and other senior officers of the Province, together with a large contingent of members, former members and cadets of the St John Ambulance.
The vehicle was dedicated by the Vicar of Wolverton the Revd Gill Barrow-Jones and I had great pleasure in handing over the keys to the senior active officer.

In thanking the Mark Benevolent Fund it was announced that the vehicle would be put into instant use the following day.
On completion of the ceremony the assembled company enjoyed refreshments provided by the centre.

Yours sincerely & fraternally
David

R.W.Bro David Tremaine
Provincial Grand Master for the Mark Province of Buckinghamshire

Emergency Grant to Indonesia

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The Mark Benevolent Fund has approved a grant of £30,000 to provide relief for those affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. The grant will be used to purchase 857 ShelterKits provided by ShelterBox Disaster Relief.

Amongst other items ShelterKits provide a tarpaulin, hammer, nails, a shovel and rope to help utilise existing materials that may be on hand to make quick repairs and provide immediate shelter.

To find out more about Shelterbox and Shelterkits click on this link: www.shelterbox.org/shelter/aid/shelterkits

Mark well Brethren, your support for the Mark Benevolent Fund continues to help those in need no matter who or where they are.

£2,500 awarded to Hope House Hospice

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Pictured: Bro. Darren Coleman-Heald – Charities Manager MMH, Cat Dowdeswell – Hope House Area Fundraiser, P.Kt. Mike Mullan and R.Ill.Kt. George Wainwright, Intendant-General for North Wales

Mark Masons’ Hall’s Charities Manager, Darren Coleman-Heald joined the Worthy Knights of the North Wales Division to present a cheque for £2,500 to the Hope House Hospice on behalf of the Grand Sovereign’s Care for Children Fund.

The money will go towards mobile end of life units at the hospice. Fundraisers, Cat & Louise, explained that Hope House was the first Hospice in the world to provide dedicated care for children from birth to early adulthood. Twenty-three years later it continues to flourish. However, it needs every penny to survive as it costs £6.3 million per annum just to keep going.

Find out more about the charity at https://hopehouse.org.uk

The Order of the Secret Monitor (Province of West Yorkshire) - Support Local Hospice

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For 30 years Kirkwood Hospice in Kirklees has provided specialist care, free of charge, to adults with advanced, progressive illnesses with the aim of ‘improving the lives of people with incurable conditions so that they can make the most of the time that they have left’. The Hospice provides a 16-bed in-patient unit, a Support and Therapy Centre, and a team of Community Nursing Specialists to support patients, family and friends in their own homes.

Each year they provide care and support for 1500 people with life-limiting illnesses in the local area. The running costs for the Hospice are currently just over £7million per year with 75% of this being raised through voluntary donations and fundraising.

The West Yorkshire Past Supreme Rulers Conclave (429) meets at Batley Masonic Hall, in the Kirklees area, and the members of the Conclave raised £300 for the Hospice. The Provincial Benevolent fund added a further £375 and ‘Match Funding’ of £675 was obtained from Mark Masons Hall, making a total of £1350.

On the 23rd of August 4 members of the Conclave visited the Hospice and presented the cheque to Mr. Hussain, the Hospice Fundraiser.

The photograph shows V Wy Bro Tony Parker, Supreme Ruler of the Conclave, together with R Wy Bro David Staniforth, Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Rt Wy Bro Stewart Carley, Past Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler and Wy Bro Peter Firth, Provincial Grand Almoner, presenting the cheque to the Hospice Fundraiser - Mr. Wasim Hussain.

In thanking the Brethren Mr. Hussain said that the donation would be used to purchase a specialist pressure relieving mattress, explaining that “Many of our patients, at the very end of life, suffer from reduced mobility due to the nature of their conditions. This mattress will ensure that pressure relief is provided to such patients, helping to prevent the onset of very painful pressure sores - Thank you very much for your kind support, we are truly grateful”.

Contact

Please take some time to have a look at the information provided and if you have a query or cannot
find what you are looking for please contact:

Darren Coleman
Charities and Communications Coordinator

86 St James's Street
London
SW1A 1PL

Direct Email: d.coleman@mmh.org.uk