Stephen Ward is an honorary member of Peace Lodge No 2269 and attends Reflections, a community interest company in Wigan which provides support services in the community for people living with dementia / memory problems and their carters.
The lodge members were approached by Stephen’s wife Barbara who asked if they could help to purchase a defibrillator for the day centre.
Lodge charity steward Gary Smith said that some of the monies required could be provided from the lodge benevolent fund and with help from Peter Connolly, a member of another Masonic Order, also making a donation so that the defibrillator could be purchased.
At the first opportunity a visit was arranged for a team of lodge members not only to deliver the defibrillator but also to install the equipment.
The manager of Reflections Sandra Cunliffe said: “Reflections is a not for profit social enterprise and provides its services from large family homes, as far away from institutionalism as possible, creating a family atmosphere. People with dementia do not like the thought of attending a day care centre so Reflections uses the terms day club, social club or activity centre. Reflections use the principles of cognitive stimulation therapy throughout the day.” Sandra thanked all those who had helped provide this vital piece of equipment.