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For Province P0060 - Province of Dorset.

12th

Jun. 2021

Bro Wayne Ingram made an MBE

Dorset Freemason and former soldier who helped a boy with a rare facial cleft has been made an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Bro Wayne Ingram from United Service Lodge No.3473 at Portland raised £140,000 for four-year-old Stefan Savic, who he first met on Army patrol in Bosnia in 2003.

Bro Wayne, who went on to become an ambulance paramedic, said he was 'utterly overwhelmed' by the honour. 'Having served one's country all my adult life, this really is something meaningful and significant.'

Bro Wayne's fundraising exploits also include a sponsored bike ride to build a new orphanage in Mauritania when he was working as a health and safety paramedic on a gold mine.

The former staff-sergeant has also raised money for Great Ormond Street Hospital, spending seven days on a life raft in Portland Harbour in 2015.
Most recently he has been is working as an ambassador for a new military veterans' hub in Weymouth and volunteered as a helicopter medic during the pandemic.

Sadly Bro Wayne has been in Dorset County Hospital since Monday battling sepsis. He is currently on his 29th antibiotic but is recovering slowly. He paid tribute to the 'outstanding' care he is receiving from the hospital staff.

The Provincial Grand Master for Dorset RWBro Graham Glazier said 'A very well deserved honour for Bro Wayne. I have no doubt that the members of the Province already know what a brave man he is and will join with me in offering our congratulations and best wishes for a speedy recovery!'

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