Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset

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For Province P0060 - Province of Dorset.


Apr. 2018

Ashley Lodge donate to Children's Ward

Supporting local causes through charitable giving is a key principle at the heart of every Masonic Lodge. The Ashley Lodge in Poole is no exception with ongoing support for these causes through donations from its members at each of its meetings and social events throughout the year.

Last year the Master of Ashley Lodge, David Sanford, selected The Piam Brown Children's Oncology and Haematology ward in Southampton General Hospital. The Piam Brown ward caters for children from: Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Surrey, Sussex, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands. Funds raised for the Piam Brown Ward go towards providing those 'extras' that the NHS doesn't. These include things like pull-out beds so exhausted parents can have a decent night's sleep and be close to their child, computer games, DVDs, books and games for the children and young people as well as pleasant décor, quiet rooms, kitchen facilities so parents can cook for themselves and their child.

Each year the ward cares for around 120 new patients. Their 'team' is multidisciplinary, led by four consultants and supported by differing grades of nurses and trainee doctors. Other people on the ward include social workers, physiotherapists, dieticians, pharmacists, research and data staff, support and play staff.

The picture shows David presenting a cheque for £2650 to the Piam Brown ward. This represents part of the charitable donations raised in his year. Other donations went to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and the Dorset Jurassic Youth Adventure that provided over 200 children from around the country with an adventure holiday in Dorset.


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