Pam, Receptionist at Meath Epilepsy Wearing Her New Visor
(by Surrey Freemasons, July 29, 2020)
As lockdown restrictions ease, and we adjust to a new and more cautious way of living, use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) has become critical for many organisations, including local charities where close interaction is unavoidable.
At a time when many charities are already struggling recover, and in some cases survive the pandemic, local Freemasons have therefore combined resources to help and, on 16 th July, loaded cars to deliver 2,500 high quality PPE visors to local charities.
Funded by donations from Freemasons across Surrey, Ian Chandler (who heads Freemasonry in Surrey), assisted by his Charity Engagement Team, delivered visors to charities including: Phyliss Tuckwell Hospice, Woking Sam Beare Hospice, Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust, The Meath Epilepsy Charity, Marie Curie Nurses and many others. Deliveries are also continuing to needy charities, and vulnerable people in our community, during the coming weeks.
Tania Cantoni, Head of Fundraising & Communication at The Meath Epilepsy Charity, was among the many who sent heart-warming thank you messages. She said:
“The visors are wonderful. Thank you so much for thinking of us again. You have been such good friends and we really appreciate it.”
Surrey Freemasons also reached out to help The Meath Epilepsy Charity earlier this year with a £4,000 emergency donation, after intruders broke into their Godalming centre and destroyed and stole cars and minibuses, which their residents were totally reliant on.
Ian Chandler said: “Freemasonry is one of those places where ordinary people really do come together to achieve extraordinary things. Being able to focus our resources like this, to help local charities in need, really is wonderful, and brings its own reward.”
Steve Butwell & Steve Norris from Charity Team, assisting Ian
Chandler to Load Cars
The Surrey Provincial Grand Lodge has more than 6,000 members, belonging to 254 Lodges meeting in 13 centres across the county. Surrey Lodges come under the United Grand Lodge of England. This represents around 1.3% of Freemasons across the UK.
The Meath Epilepsy Charity If you or someone you care for is living with complex epilepsy, then we are here to help. We offer a range of accommodation and support services to enable you to live safely and to work towards gaining more independence in your day to day life. You will find the Meath really welcoming – everybody does! There is always lots going on, yet you can always find a quiet place to sit and gather your thoughts. The gardens are beautiful and one big advantage is that we’re not far from anywhere. The town of Godalming is only five minutes’ walking distance away and we are situated right next to the railway station, although you’d never know it. Many of our clients have learning or physical disabilities in addition to their epilepsy. Whatever challenges you face, our friendly and highly professional staff teams are here to provide assistance, completely designed around you and your personal needs and health requirements. The lifestyle you wish for yourself is the one we will help you to achieve, and the flexibility built into each and every one of our services means that we can respond quickly and easily to your changing circumstances. What we do promise you is an environment that aims to inspire and empower you. We will help you gain as much control over your life as possible and this includes having input into decisions affecting the overall running of the organisation, both through the Resident Forums, regular house meetings and representation at Trustee Board meetings.