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Bordon Masons to the rescue....
Left to right are Brian McArthur, Niamh’s parents Victoria and Justin, Peter James.
When the brethren at Bordon Masonic Centre were made aware that little Niamh needed a cystic fibrosis vest, or a life- jacket as she calls it, costing £7,000. Niamh’s family were in the process of raising money for the vest when four of the craft lodges meeting at the centre came
to the rescue with a personal donation of £3,500 and a grant of £1,800 from provincial charitable sources.
Niamh was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a child, and has since
been supported magnificently by both Basingstoke hospital and “Anna’s Challenges”, a charity set up to support sufferers of this life-threatening illness. Headley Lodge separately donated £250 to this charity directly because enough money had already been raised for Niamh’s vest.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease caused by a genetic chromosome mutation. The defective gene results
in abnormalities in the production and function of a protein called the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR). In healthy cells, CFTR acts as a chloride channel and a regulator of sodium, chloride and bicarbonate transport. The widespread presence
of CFTR throughout the body helps to explain why cystic fibrosis is a multi- system condition affecting many organs. The two major systems affected are the lungs and the gastrointestinal tract.
Niamh’s vest is an airways clearance system which provides vibrations to
the chest wall, helping to clear thick mucus and prevent infections. The vest can be used every day at home and gives a greater level of independence, optimising breathing and respiratory function, reducing the risk of secondary complications such as chest infections, and dramatically improving the quality of life for both her and her family.
Niamh’s parents joined the members of the Bordon lodges for a buffet supper, hosted by Woolmer Forest Lodge. At
the same event Ian Poyner, Group Chairman of the Blackmoor and Whitehill Scout Group, and Jane Kincaid, leader of “Friends Forever” based at Kingsley, were presented with cheques for £500 for their respective projects. David Drew, the Dementia Navigator for the Guilford area of the Alzheimer’s Society, gave a short talk on both the work he and other volunteers do for dementia sufferers, and how a further donation of £500 from Bordon masons will be used to support their services in the local community.
Peter James
North Central charity presentation
Most of the Lodges in the Chandlers Ford and Eastleigh area were represented when some £8000 was presented to numerous non-masonic charities in its annual event at the Kings Court Masonic Centre. The event was hosted by Ed Tooley who introduced Assistant Provincial Grand Master Noel Voice to the assembled audience before the cheques were presented to
the individual charities by the Worshipful Masters and Charity Stewards of the Lodges. Individual contributions from the lodges were enhanced by additional sums from the Tom Langton Fund.
The Charities included the Bishops Waltham Gateway Club, Romsey Stroke Club, The Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity, MacMillan Cancer Support, Kidney Research, Hope for Tomorrow, Chandlers Ford Girl Guides, Sophie’s Appeal, Eastleigh Young Carers, the Masonic Salmon and Trout Fishing Charity, Wessex Heartbeat, the Winchester Cathedral Learning Centre and Fleming House.
Barry Gardiner

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