The Mortimer Lodge of RAM No 687: STAR THROWERS

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Sometimes you just know that you’ve made the correct decision. Mortimer Lodge asked for matched funding from the East Anglian Mark Benevolent Association for “STAR THROWERS”, a charity which helps men and women who are suffering from cancer and the aftermath of diagnosis and treatment.

Such was the commitment and professionalism of the charity, the trustees agreed a grant of £500, and today we presented the team at Star Throwers with a cheque for £675. The Nurse immediately told us that this gift would enhance the work of the self funded centre. She also mentioned that they do not waste money, as most of their furniture came from donations or eBay, and they have a large pool of volunteers to provide a very extensive range of treatments and personal counselling.

We were also told that the charity will not turn anyone away having been asked for advice from all over the UK and overseas. As part of their presentation, we were introduced to a patient who uses the services of StarThrowers. It became apparent that she was the person she is because of the support, encouragement and friendship she received; powerful stuff!

A great local charity providing an immense benefit to the local community and beyond. Thank you Mortimer Lodge for supporting this charity and seeking extra support from the EAMBA.

Has your lodge asked us to support your chosen charity?

Presentation of Mobile Treatment Centre to St John Cambridge

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Off we went to Huntingdon, the HQ of the Cambridge St John Ambulance. Come in have a cup of tea, immediate first aid; very welcome. A room full of St John volunteers all who were delighted to be present to witness ‘their’ ambulance being presented.

We were graced by the presence of the Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, the Dean of Peterborough cathedral and several mark master masons of East Anglia and their wives and partners.

A speech of welcome, followed by my bit as to why and how, thanks from the Deputy Lieutenant and how this vehicle will make a difference and thanks from the High Sheriff. A lovely blessing and sprinkling with holy water followed from the Dean.

Then it was my turn to present the keys to a volunteer, Stephen came forward and we presented him with the keys to the Treatment vehicle. It was a short but very enjoyable morning with huge enthusiasm from St John and great support from the Province.

Duties like these make you proud to be a member of our wonderful order to give such worthy gifts to further enhance care in our communities and make a difference.

Thank you MBF and congratulations for still giving in your 150th year.