Towcester Masons Support Local Charities
|Published: 9th June 2010 09:24|
L to R Dermot Bambridge, Mrs Moya McVicar and Mrs Yvonne Reed
Towcester Masons raised £1750 for local charities thanks to regular raffles. St John Ambulance Towcester and the Northampton, Daventry and Towcester branch of Parkinson’s UK were each presented with a cheque for £875 to help their funds by Dermot Bambridge Immediate Past Master of the Lodge of Fidelity at the Towcester Masonic Hall last week.
“Charity is one of the cornerstones of Freemasonry. As well as other fundraising activities, we always hold a raffle during the meals after each of our meetings”, said Dermot Bambridge, Immediate Past Master of the Lodge of Fidelity, which meets in the Towcester Masonic Hall. “Our members and visitors always give very generously and I am delighted that my chosen charities, St John Ambulance Towcester and the local branch of Parkinson’s UK, are benefiting from this."
Cheques were presented to Mrs Yvonne Reed, who runs the St John Ambulance Cadets in Towcester, and Mrs Moya McVicar, Vice Chair of the Northampton, Daventry and Towcester branch of Parkinson’s UK, formerly the Parkinson’s Disease Society.
“We will be using this money towards our youth activities in Towcester”, said Yvonne Reed. “Our Cadets, who are aged between 10 and 17, as well as the Badgers who can join at five, will benefit from the generosity of the Masons.”
“The effect of Parkinson’s Disease can be devastating on not only the sufferer but also family and friends,” said Moya McVicar. “Our goal is to help people with Parkinson's, their carers and families in the area with the problems arising from Parkinson's. We also collect and disseminate information on Parkinson's and provide funds for research. We are very grateful to the Towcester Masons and their visitors for their kind support.”
Since the presentation, Dermot Bambridge has become Chairman of South Northamptonshire Council and his chosen charities for his year of office are St John Ambulance Northamptonshire (for the Towcester and Brackley Divisions) and Parkinson’s UK Northampton, Daventry and Towcester Branch.