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Charity Stewards Report February 2017

A couple of our Lodge members have recently mentioned to me an article published in the Bordon Herald regarding 16 month old Toby O`Neill, who lives in Bordon.
Toby has Cerebral Palsy and after a recent MRI scan it was discovered he had suffered a stroke!
His mother, Brea, is trying to raise funds for a course of therapy, not funded by the NHS, which should enable him to overcome the problems the stroke has caused. Unfortunately this therapy costs in the region of £7000 for a three week course.
At the moment, the total raised is around £4000, so I am sure we can do something to help.
I will discuss with our WM on Wednesday, I am also raising awareness of the appeal with the other Lodges at Bordon.


www.bordonherald.com/article.cfm?id=117353&headline=Mum

I would like to remind you that our annual Charity White Table meeting will be on April 26th. The Charities we are supporting this year have been invited and we will hopefully have another great evening. Please feel free to invite family and friends to come along.

As you are aware, we are celebrating our Tercentenary this year with a number of events arranged in our Province.
One of these is the Family fun day at Marwell Zoo on June 24th.
It has been suggested that besides Masons and their families attending, we invite and “sponsor” local disadvantaged children and those with special needs and their carers/family to come along. Again, I am trying to get support for this from all the Bordon Lodges and I will be raising this at our next GP Meeting.

W Bro Peter James brought to my attention an article by W Bro Mike Sharp in the last issue of Insight Magazine regarding the Crohns and Colitis UK Charity and his fundraising efforts. Peter has a great niece, Jasmine, aged twelve, who suffers from this dreadful disease and she is also raising funds for Crohns & Colitis UK.
I have advised W Bro Mike regarding making an application to the Tom Langton Fund, by his Lodge (King Aelfred) and how the Charity approaches the Masonic Charitable Foundation regarding making an application for funding.
I would like to suggest our Lodge considers making a donation for Jasmine to forward to the Charity.

The Relief Chest envelopes will be distributed for your use at the Festive Board; I will give a reminder on Wednesday.
Our Province has set up a dedicated Relief Chest for the Charity Lifelites.
This Charity provides special entertainment and educational technology packages to all the children’s hospices in the country. Our Province is aiming to raise enough funds, (around £30,000) through the dedicated Relief Chest, to pay for a complete package from Lifelites for the Naomi House and Jacksplace Children’s Hospice near Winchester.
This is another item that I will discuss at the next GP meeting in March.

W Bro Steve Russell
Charity Steward