Craven Lodge Supports Friends of Airedale Hospital Group To the Tune Of £1,000
The Craven Lodge of Freemasons has presented £1,000 to the Friends of Airedale Hospital group, to assist with the extension of their Dementia Garden project.
The group will use the money, which came from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, to plant trees and flowers that patients can touch and feel, and also to create a seating area providing other beneficial sensory features.
Eileen Proud, president of the Friends of Airedale group said: “This is a great benefit to patients, and I would like to thank the Freemasons. Here’s hoping for lots of sunshine and display colours in 2016.”
At the presentation, Roger Newhouse, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said how Freemasonry continues to support local community projects across the Province, particularly following the recent floods.
£5,000 has already been presented to Calderdale Community Support, another £5,000 is already on its way to Leeds Community Support, and by next weekend a further £5,000 will be donated to Bradford Community Support. These amounts are also being matched by The Mark Order of Master Masons.
Several Masonic Halls have been opened and used to provide warmth,shelter and food those affected by the floods.
W.Bro Newhouse said: “Freemasons do look after one another but we also look after those that are in distress and in need, and it’s not always with money.”
Airedale Hospital has benefitted from many donations from Freemasons over the years, and, since 2008 they have provided thousands of teddy bears for distressed children admitted to the Accident and Emergency Dept.
The TLC (Teddies for Loving Care) operates across the country, some parts of Europe and parts of the USA, and is totally funded by Freemasons their families and friends.
David Clough of Craven Lodge, Eileen Proud from the Friends of Airedale President, and Roger Newhouse, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, at the cheque presentation.