Sunday, 16 June 2013

Freemasons’ Gift to St Raphael’s

Michael White and Alan Plant with the Lodge of Good Companions 7524
Last Wednesday (12th June) the Freemasons ‘Lodge of Good Companions 7524’ handed over a cheque for £3831 to St Raphael's Hospice. This represents the money that that the local Freemasons have raised in the last 12 months for St Raphael's.
Michael White presenting cheque to to Dr Ron McKeran

The cheque was presented to Dr Ron McKeran, Chair of the Hospice advisory Board by Michael White, Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Good Companions in front of members of the Lodge and their wives and the supporters of St Raphael’s.

Local North Cheam resident and Lodge Treasurer, Alan Plant (pictured above, 2nd from right) told the Blog: “St Raphael's Hospice provides a much needed service for the local community, with great emphasis on care, sympathy and understanding for the patient, family and friends. With over 1000 admissions a year, £4 million, per year is needed to run the facility, of which only 25% is provided by the NHS. The balance comes from donations, events and fund raising. It is therefore important they continue to receive support from the wider community.”

Alan went on to explain that, “The Lodge of Good Companions 7524 was formed in 1957 and meets at Surbiton Masonic Hall. Currently there are just 18 members. Each year we raise between £3000 and £4000 for non-masonic charities. Masonry in general is the second largest contributor to charities after the National Lottery. For anyone that wishes to support the charitable aims of The Good Companions and maintain a tradition, coupled with an enjoyable social lifestyle, please contact me by email at or phone 07710 270 107 for further information. Maybe join us at our annual Ladies Festival or a carvery and quiz afternoon, or even a clay pigeon shoot. Masonry is there for the whole family.”