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Excellence in Cancer Care Appeal


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On Thursday 23rd of January Professor Paul Keane and Pat Chambers, Chairman and Manager of County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Charity, had been invited to attend the masonic hall in Darlington to be presented with donations towards the “Excellence in Cancer Care” appeal.


Paul and Pat were presented with 3 cheques for £1,000 each by Edward Villiers, representing The St Cuthbert Lodge, Andrew Leigh, representing Vigilance Chapter and Kevin Williams, a member of the general purposes committee and representing Durham Benevolence.


Claude Stewart, a member of The St Cuthbert Lodge and Vigilance Chapter, who meet in Darlington had been the driving force behind organising the event. After reading about the appeal in the 2nd of May issue of the Northern Echo Claude had proposed to his lodge and chapter that they consider donating. Claude also approached Durham Benevolence for support for the appeal. The aim of the appeal being to transform the cramped and outdated facilities of the chemotherapy day unit at the University of North Durham, where cancer patients from throughout the county often begin their treatment.


Claude highlighted the fact about how difficult it is for individuals and families to cope with the effects of cancer and that there have been many Freemasons in Durham who have already benefited from the vital facilities. The donation will go towards making the improvements which will benefit the whole of County Durham.

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