Trinity Hospice and Brian House Children’s Hospice were the beneficiaries of much needed support from Emblem Lodge No 6727 when immediate past master Dave Cryer and fellow lodge members Charlie Cairoli, Laurie McCornick and lodge secretary Tom Inman met with Chief Executive Officer of the hospice David Houston and Head of Fundraising Linzi Young who were on hand to receive cheques that amounted to £850 which had been raised during Dave’s tenure as master of the lodge in 2016/2017.
In presenting one of three cheques to Linzi, Dave pledged that more would follow, commenting, “We only wish that it could have been more on this occasion as the lodge considers Trinity Hospice and Brian House to be primary beneficiaries of its charitable work and we will continue to raise far more.” A cheque for £250 had already been forwarded to Trinity and, on the occasion of the visit additional cheques of £300 for Trinity Hospice and £300 to Brian House were presented.
During a tour of the facilities at both venues, David Houston explained that fundraising is a vital part of the hospices as they are reliant on the generosity of organisations like Freemasonry, other bodies and individuals to be able to provide the care that is required in the community. Secretary of Emblem Lodge Tom Inman (who is a trustee at Trinity Hospice) directed praises to the outstanding dedication of the nursing staff and hundreds of volunteers who take care of the patients and help raise the required funds.
Charlie Cairoli, despite having forsaken his red nose and clown’s outfit, brought his customary air of cheeriness to the proceedings and Dave Cryer, who always oozes a sort of universal benevolence towards all created things, was visibly moved by the experience (although it was difficult to move him from some of the playrooms in Brian House).
There is no better way of illustrating the value of the donations to Trinity Hospice and Brian House than the smiles that spread over the faces of the young children in attendance at the presentation.