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For Province P0060 - Province of Dorset.

12th

Nov. 2019

Masonic Charitable Foundation / Festival 25. The real life impact.

Please read this guest article by Wayne Ingram on the work of the Masonic Charitable Foundation and the importance of our support for Festival 25.

As a Freemason, I am often approached by the charity steward asking if I would like to give anything to the MCF? This is usually as I am consuming one of several roast potatoes which I have readily placed on my plate during the festive board. I, like every other brother sat enjoying the company always found during these meals easily brings out their paper money and place it into the pint glass which is receiving secondary employment as money box. We all give to those in need, often without a second thought! After all the MCF is a masonic charity in the background, and I'll never need it…will I?

Sadly, the latter proved untrue and through the generous assistance of our own Lodge Almoner David Hicks and Provincial Grand Almoner Chris Munden the MCF were able to grant us money which was required to allow our daughter to have comprehensive spinal surgery in December.
It was at the beginning of July when seeing our 12-year-old daughter slouched over the breakfast bar, eating her cereal I asked her to sit up properly as she may hurt her back. It was only when she did this did I first notice a large lump protruding through her school shirt. Asking my wife to also look we lifted her shirt to the rear to both stare open mouthed at the deformity which presented itself to us.
With 1 million questions bounding around our brains, and after several quick trips to hospitals we soon found out Freya had developed Idiopathic Scoliosis, which was measured at 74%.

As parents, we were not only devastated our baby girl had developed this disfigurement, but how couldn't we have noticed? What sort of paramedic was I that I couldn't even see something so dramatic in my own family? But the truth was even Freya didn't know at the time! She had no pain, no difficulties in accomplishing daily tasks, or sports activities at school. Plus, as a young lady there was certainly no need to dress or shower her anymore, in fact every time these were mentioned I would walk the other way or find myself whistling more loudly!

The Scoliosis in our daughter was aggressive and her degree of deformity had developed in under four months and was now well past any treatment apart from a lengthy operation.

Sadly, we were informed due to NHS waiting times any operation carried out would not take place until 2020, which would have meant her spine would have significantly disfigured, lengthening the already planned 8-9-hour operation and increasing the risk of any complications.
Step forward the two mentioned Almoners who spoke with one another, then to members of the MCF who amazingly agreed to pay for surgery to happen on December 10th, many months before it would on the NHS.

So, when you put your hand into your pocket to support the Masonic Charitable Foundation please keep in mind, they are an amazing charity!

The Scoliosis in our daughter was aggressive and her degree of deformity had developed in under four months and was now well past any treatment apart from a lengthy operation.

Sadly, we were informed due to NHS waiting times any operation carried out would not take place until 2020, which would have meant her spine would have significantly disfigured, lengthening the already planned 8-9-hour operation and increasing the risk of any complications.
Step forward the two mentioned Almoners who spoke with one another, then to members of the MCF who amazingly agreed to pay for surgery to happen on December 10th, many months before it would on the NHS.

So, when you put your hand into your pocket to support the Masonic Charitable Foundation please keep in mind, they are an amazing charity!

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