Grant to SSAFA
Durham Benevolence were pleased to award a £1000 Community Support Grant to the South West Durham Division of SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association). The grant has been used to assist those who suffer isolation, loneliness or need befriending by subsidising a trip to the National Memorial Arboretum and Bletchley Park.
On the weekend 16th – 19th September, 41 Veterans’, widows, SSAFA Volunteers and supporters boarded a bus at Bishop Auckland Football Club. At the National Memorial Arboretum, they paid tribute to our late Queen and SSAFA Patron. Three of the veterans laid a wreath at the main Memorial, Ron Howard 85, Peter Franklin 88 and Bill Dodds 86. Bletchley Park is fascinating and definitely a place to visit.
On the way home they stopped in time for the national two minutes silence for the Queen and paraded in front of the coach while the Divisional Treasurer and Piper, Ruth Wright played the Flowers of the Forrest.
A super weekend enjoyed by all.
On behalf of the SSAFA South West Durham Division, Michael G Donne, a past Master of his Lodge, Branch President, who applied to Durham Benevolence for the grant sent thanks from all in the Veterans Group saying the grant had made a lot of veterans and their families very happy.
Many thanks to Keith Taylor, a Royal Navy veteran and part of this group for the photo’s.
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”