£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.

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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”.

MBF 150th Thanksgiving Service

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Mark Benevolent Fund celebrated its 150th year in a Thanksgiving Service at Lincoln’s Inn Chapel in the presence of M.W.Bro. H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO, Grand Master and Grand President of the Fund.

Many Provincial Grand Charity Stewards were present, invited as a thank you for all the work they put in to help make the Fund such a huge success.

At a reception after the service the Grand Master spent time meeting all of those who have made a difference, listening with intent to their stories of support to the Mark Benevolent Fund.

What a great afternoon we all had at Pendennis Castle!

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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.

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