The members of Fleetwood Chapter No 3711 joined forces with the members of Anchorsholme Lodge No 5854 to give a boost to the fundraising efforts of two very deserving local good causes, Red Marsh School and Parkinson’s Fleetwood, with donations totalling £1,200.
John Wright who is first principal of Fleetwood Chapter which meets at Fleetwood Masonic Hall and Terry Murtagh, who is WM of Anchorsholme Lodge, Cleveleys, and his predecessor Bob Boal, got together with the common aim of gifting Red Marsh School in Thornton £700 for two laptop computers which they had heard were high on the school’s wish list.
Red Marsh School, which cares for severely disabled children, is very proud of its February 2015 Ofsted Report which describes it as “an outstanding school” and “a very happy school where staff and pupils feel valued, respected and exceptionally well supported to give of their best”.
The visiting Masons certainly found plenty of evidence of the happiness which abounds at Red Marsh as they met head teacher Catherine Dellow, her teaching staff and pupils during a tour of the school.
At end-of-day assembly the children sang a heart warming song to their visitors to show their appreciation. Catherine asked that John, Bob and Terry take back to their colleagues the school’s grateful thanks for their gift.
The trip to Red Marsh School followed a visit by Terry Murtagh and Bob Boal to the Parkinson’s Support Group which meets near to the North Euston Hotel in Fleetwood.
Bob, who is IPM of Anchorsholme Lodge, chose the Parkinson’s Group and Red Marsh School to support as his favourite good causes with funds raised by the members of Anchorsholme Lodge from a variety of events. He has special reason in selecting the Parkinson’s group as his wife Sandra suffers from the affliction.
The Parkinson’s Group offers support and help to Parkinson’s sufferers, their families and carers. The group which is managed by sisters-in-law Claire and Sue Dalton run gentle exercise classes at drop-in sessions which are held every Wednesday at the centre.
Claire and Sue and specialist Parkinson’s Nurse Katrina Haynes provides all manner of assistance from therapy to counselling, but mainly, Sue says, it is a bit of a chat and company over tea and biscuits. She firmly believes: “A trouble shared is a trouble halved, when you realise that you are not alone and we can all help each other”.
Sue, after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 40 was originally told she had just to get on with life as best she could, researched therapies in other countries such as America and Switzerland where it is standard practice to begin an exercise programme as soon as the disease is diagnosed.
The effects of both a regime of medication and exercise therapy proved life changing and Sue resolved to help other people similarly afflicted as a result.
With Claire’s support the group was formed and they have acquired a ‘MOTOmed’ exercise machine and have been extremely fortunate to be able to rent a highly specialised Swiss made Giger MD machine. One of their aims is to raise funds to buy it outright for the Fleetwood based group.
Bob and Terry received a warm welcome, and tea and biscuits, when they met up with Claire and Sue and some of the other regular visitors to the centre to hand over a cheque for £500.
Claire, thanking the Masons for their gift, said that the cash will go towards much needed improvements to the centre’s kitchen.