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MCF assist Action on Dementia Sunderland
The Assistant Provincial Grand Master John Thompson met up with the Action on Dementia Sunderland (ADS) group at one of their weekly lunch club meetings, this one held at the Chesters Pub in Sunderland on Tuesday 26th March 2019. John was armed with a cheque for £5000 awarded to them from the Masonic Charitable Foundation to assist them in their valuable work in helping support people with dementia and their carers specifically within the boundaries of Sunderland.
The establishment of the group in 2010 , after a public meeting was felt to be necessary in view of the fact that the national organisation was disbanding its Sunderland branch, leaving the area short of the help felt to be needed. As an independent charity 100% of all monies raised are used directly in the assistance of care for sufferers and their carers.
Local freemasons are heavily involved within the group giving up their time and effort in the organisation of weekly lunch meetings, outings on a monthly basis and three Memory Cafes across the City. Help is also supported within the Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Dementia is a condition that can affect anyone regardless of background, education, lifestyle or status. While it is true that the majority of people with dementia are over 65 it is not normally a part of getting older. The likelihood of developing dementia rises with age but it is not a given that an older person will develop it . In the UK 40,000 people under the age of 65 have dementia.
TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”
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