Presentation of "Mark Mason" to SERV Norfolk Blood Bikes

SERV 2017 top

On behalf of the Mark Benevolent Fund (MBF) it was my great pleasure to present to Service by Emergency Response Volunteers (SERV) Norfolk Blood Bikes a new Ford Motor Car at Gt Yarmouth Masonic Hall.

The sun was shining on the liveried car, escorted by three magnificent blood bikes and their drivers and riders. SERV had asked for this vehicle to replace an older and less reliable motor, and because blood and other human products cannot be transported on a motor bike when the temperature drops below 3 degrees, as such a car is vital to their voluntary work. If you would like to aid them in their work speak to W.Bro. Colin Farrington.

All of the vehicles driven by SERV are named, and it was fitting that ours is to be called “Mark Mason”, you will be able to see the car covering the county of Norfolk when it is called upon by the NHS. As I stated in my remarks we hope and pray that the driver travels safely to his destination and home again.

I was particularly pleased to have so many members of the Province and their partners together with a large contingent from SERV Norfolk attending this handover. We were able to welcome several gentlemen of the Press, so look out for print, radio, TV and on line editorial of the event.

I am most grateful to the MBF for their agreement to grant such a magnificent sum to enable this car to be purchased and liveried outright. The MBF was represented by R.W.Bro Peter Rollin an MBF Trustee.

It was a proud moment when I dedicated the car to the service of the Great Overseer of the Universe and hoped that it would support the very valuable service to our communities, providing comfort to the afflicted and distressed and safety to the drivers. I presented the keys of this new car to Colin Farrington, Chairman of SERV Norfolk and expressed a hope that “Mark Mason” becomes a valued member of the team,

The day was completed by a welcome cup of tea or coffee supplied by the Masonic Hall, we were even allowed biscuits; thank you all.

See also article in the Eastern Daily Press: CLICK HERE

IMAGES FROM THE DAY (Click to enlarge):

EAMBA Major Grant to BREAK

break 02 2017

The PGM presented the donation to:
Janes Van Vollenstee - Operations Manager, Laura Hughes - Mentoring Manager, Jo Shepherd - Manager Break Family Centre and Catherine Kenney - Head of Service Delivery

 

I’ll collect you at 12:30 PGM. Thanks Trevor.

We were off to the HQ of our chosen charity BREAK. This East Anglian charity looks after and supports young careers, some as young as 2 years old, up to the age of 18 years.

The Trustees of the EAMBA (East Anglian Benevolent Fund) have agreed support for a six months programme dedicated to these young people. The EAMBA is pleased to support this wonderful charity which works in our communities and offer a major grant of £16,000.

Today, Trevor Tinley and I presented a cheque to representatives of the charity at their offices in Norwich. They gave some interesting insights into their work and explained the major difference to a young persons daily life our grant will make. It made me so proud to think that we East Anglian Masons can and do make a difference. During the course of the next few months the Charity will provide us updates and case studies so we can all appreciate the difference we have made.

I have invited representatives to attend PGL in July, so you will be able to judge for yourselves the impact of our grant. They will also join us for lunch and hopefully we can hear first hand about their work. You can also follow the progress of the work here on our website (www.eastangliamark.org.uk) and Facebook pages.

I would like to thank you all for your continuing generosity towards the work of the EAMBA and the MBF. As with all our support we aim to make a difference in our towns and villages. Thank you and God Bless you all.

 

break 01 2017

 

See also: EAMBA -Young Carers

 

Visit the Break website