We say a huge thank you to two Freemason Lodges; Devizes-based Moonraker Lodge and the Warminster Longleat Lodge. Members from both lodges kindly presented the Appeal with two cheques for patient care at the Royal United Hospitals, (RUH) Bath.

Ken Rake, the Worshipful Master of the Moonraker Masonic Lodge presented Jan Witt, the Appeal’s In Memory & Legacy Officer with a cheque for £900 raised specifically towards The Kelly Ross Fund which was set up through the Appeal in support of the RUH Cancer Care Campaign.

Jan holding cheque

At the presentation, Ken said: “Every year the Master of the Moonraker Masonic Lodge raises money for their chosen charity. This year, l decided to split the money between The Forever Friends Appeal in memory of my niece Kelly Ross and The Caen Hill Community Farm. Kelly Ross, sadly died from cancer aged just 32, and a tribute fund was set up in her name to raise money for the RUH where she was treated.

“We’ve raised this amount by organising events throughout the year for our members. Highlights include the Ladies Festival, which took place at Blunsdon House Hotel, a skittles evening, quizzes, ghost walks and treasure hunt raffles. At these events prizes were donated, so we’d like to thank everyone for their support.”

South of Devizes, members of the Longleat Lodge in Warminster have been helping fundraise for the Radiotherapy department at the RUH. Worshipful Master Bill said:

“Dirk Pinnell and I have undergone Radiotherapy for Cancer whilst in office as Worshipful Master so I decided that I would raise money for the Radiotherapy Department as one of my chosen charities this year. I had great pleasure in presenting a further cheque from the Lodge for £750 having already presented one for £1,100 in January this year and I’m delighted that it will go towards funding equipment for patients.”

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Jan said: “Every year we are amazed by the generosity of our supporters who help the hospital in difficult ways. This kind of support enables staff to deliver the very best care for their patients at the RUH.

“We are especially humbled by the continuous support of families and friends who set up a Forever Fund through the Appeal in memory of their loved ones and continue to fundraise time and time again in their honour. Kelly’s Forever Fund has continued to grow each year and over £15,000 has been raised towards the care of patients treated for cancer at the RUH.”

If you are interested in setting up a Tribute Fund to celebrate a loved one’s life and keep their memory alive, please click here

Did you know – a Freemason is guided by three principles, Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth and a Freemasons’ Lodge will support a charitable organisation known to its members and where there is a special affinity; such as a group or cause which has helped a family member or friend. To find out about the Lodges which are part of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Wiltshire, click here