The new season has started off on a good footing for the Liverpool Group with the disbursement of charitable funds. The event was held on a sunny afternoon at Liverpool Masonic Hall and gave all an opportunity to glimpse the ongoing upgrade and conversion to the former club bar to a cocktail lounge.
This year the money raised by the group golf section was distributed between the James Greenop Foundation and Team Sefton, while that raised at the sponsored walk was divided between the Tithebarn and the Liverpool Masonic Hall Building Fund. All recipients received an equal amount of £500 each. The group golf section was represented at the meeting by Phil Patullo, Tom Walsh and Geoff Brown, while Steve Lyon was present as the organiser of the sponsored walk.
The event was opened by the group chairman Mark Matthews, who first gave a vote of thanks to everybody involved in the raising of the funds now being distributed, and then to all those in attendance for their support. Mark introduced the Liverpool Group officers starting with Assistant Provincial Grand Master Derek Parkinson, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Sam Robinson, vice chairman (Craft) Dave Johnson, vice chairman (Royal Arch) Dave Kemp, group secretary Tim Burgess, treasurer Nick Hughes and group publicity Geoff Cuthill.
With the formalities at a close, Derek Parkinson presented the first cheque of the day to Russell Greenop, representing The James Greenop Foundation. The foundation was set up in 2013 by Russell in memory of his son James, hence the name, who was tragically killed at just 10 years of age as a result of a road traffic accident. Russell explained how the family suffered and of the grief they experienced, then how they decided to turn their life towards a positive outcome in celebration of the life of James.
Listening to Russell explain the various feelings they lived through was rather an emotional experience, the beginning of the foundation through to how it has evolved into helping so many community projects across Merseyside today. Words alone cannot adequately express the personal feelings Russell projected to the audience, and his enthusiasm for what the foundation is hoping to achieve in the future. The online site can easily be found at;- http://www.thejamesgreenopfoundation.org/ and this fully illustrates the full scope of their work in our community. Their choice of words to describe themselves is very apt, ‘From seeds of love, communities grow.’
The second cheque of the day was in favour of TEAM Sefton, presented by Derek to their representative Paul Donnelly on behalf of the group. TEAM stands for ‘Together Everyone Achieves More’, and are a ‘not for profit’ registered charity supporting disabled and disadvantaged children and their families in Sefton, Liverpool. For almost a decade they have helped many families secure the life changing equipment and on-going care they required.
TEAM Sefton also offer a respite break to disadvantaged and disabled families in the Sefton area, at a static caravan, called The Lodge, at Talacre Beach Resort, North Wales. The Lodge was built through fundraising and is maintained through TEAM’s fundraising campaigns. It is situated in a fantastic area of Talacre, at the Talacre Beach Holiday Home Park which is accessible for all. Paul expressed his delight on receiving such an amount of support from the Liverpool Group and how much benefit the children and families would derive from this show of generosity.
Sam Robinson stepped forward for the next presentation, which was to the Liverpool Masonic Hall Building Fund, which is tireless in its work to maintain and improve our premises at Hope Street. The fund is managed and run by Bernie Moran and David Sayce, and fortunately David was available on the day to accept the cheque so kindly proffered by the group. Although known for hiding their light under a bushel, the work of the building fund, particularly by Bernie and Dave, is greatly appreciated by all who use the hall, and help with their endeavour is always most welcome.
The fourth cheque giving was to The Tithebarn, a residential home owned by the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution, and is another ‘not for profit’ charity. The home has a tasteful interior that has been refurbished to suit the practice of professional care and a versatile daily lifestyle and is situated a short distance from Crosby Village, close to Liverpool and Southport.
The home operates a traditional ‘hotel’ style of care, where residents share communal facilities, while the categories of care offered are dependent upon residents assessed individual needs and also offers places to people with dementia. Receiving the cheque on behalf of Tithebarn were John Stallard, Laurie Scott, Les Norton and Phil Patullo.
Following the presentations everyone was invited by Mark Matthews to a splendid buffet in the adjoining dining room, the Roman Suite, which was thoroughly appreciated by all.