£500 donation to MND Fundraising Group


Downham Market based St Winnold Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners took advantage of the East Anglian Mark Benevolent Association match funding scheme, giving £500 to the King’s Lynn Motor Neurone Disease Fundraising Group.

Motor Neurone Disease is a fatal, rapidly progressive disease affecting the brain and spinal cord. It attacks the nerves, so muscles no longer work. People can still think and feel, but rapidly become unable to move, talk, swallow and eventually, breathe.

There is no cure and there are no effective treatments. A third of people die within a year of diagnosis, more than half within two years.

The grant has been earmarked for a special fund to provide short breaks at Park House Hotel, Sandringham - a Leonard Cheshire hotel which supports disabled guests to have a holiday or a period of respite, providing first class care in a safe environment. The opportunity for a few days away in a lovely setting can be a life line for a person living with Motor Neurone Disease and their partner or carer.

On behalf of the Province and EAMBA, I presented the donation to Jane Lewis, Chair of the King’s Lynn Motor Neurone Disease Fundraising Group, together with members of St Winnold RAM.

After the presentation, Jane gave us an insight into motor neurone disease and the valuable work of the King’s Lynn MNDA fundraising group.

Listening to Jane and there being no cure, you realise the difference our grant towards respite care, will make to a family affected by the disease. The EAMBA match funding scheme really gives lodges the opportunity to increase their donations to further benefit the community.

The photo shows David Swift and Allan Hilton from St Winnold RAM, Jane Lewis from King's Lynn MNDA and Richard Pryor, Provincial Grand Senior Warden.

Richard Pryor
Provincial Grand Senior Warden

Presentation of Community Support Vehicle to St John Suffolk

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A glorious spring morning welcomed over 20 East Anglian Mark Masons to St. Margaret's Church in Lowestoft for the handover of the St. John Ambulance donated to Suffolk by the Mark Benevolent Fund (MBF). The final of three vehicles donated within our Province (one for each County), this one is a Community Support Vehicle.

Following a sincere Service of Dedication led by the Rev’d Michael Asquith, I handed over the keys of the vehicle to Mrs Anne Chaplin a representative of St. John Ambulance Saxmundham. Claire and I then had a ride in the new vehicle, that was exciting, such a pity there was no "blues and twos"!

HM Lord Lieutenant for Suffolk, Clare, Countess of Euston spoke most warmly of the Mark Masons generosity and assure us that this would be communicated to Her Majesty who was always interested in the work of the St John.

After the presentation we then retired to the Lowestoft headquarters of St John for refreshments and an opportunity to talk with the St. John volunteers who will be using the vehicle. They were all very pleased with their vehicle and were eloquent in their praise for our charity the MBF.

On behalf of the Mark Masons of East Anglia I take this opportunity to thank the trustees of the MBF for providing our Province with the three vehicles to ensure that St John and our communities have the ability to care for those in need.