Three East Kent Freemasons Raise Over £2,000 for a Children’s Charity
At the end of May, three East Kent Freemasons, Fred Ross and Peter Woolnough of the Lodge of Harmony No 133 in Faversham and Jim Greenfield, of the Simon Langton Lodge No 7586 in Canterbury, completed an 84 mile walk along the entire length of Hadrian’s Wall Path; stretching from Northumberland in the East to Cumbria in the West.
From an original idea of a challenging walking holiday, being charitable by nature, they decided to raise as many donations as possible in aid of the TLC Appeal (East Kent). This is a children’s charity dedicated to making children’s hospital experiences in A&E Departments and Minor Injury Units as stress-free as possible by giving the child a teddy bear. The child is comforted by the bear and the nurses and doctors can use the bears to show the young patients the treatment they will receive.
Fred, Jim and Peter’s walk began from the site of the Roman fort situated at the eastern end of the Wall, at the aptly named Wallsend, in the eastern suburbs of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Two days walking through fairly flat countryside brought the first wet weather which was to continue for most of the remaining days of the walk.
Two further strenuous days climbing up and down what are known locally as The Crags through driving rain and occasionally hailstones brought a welcome return to flatter terrain on their way to Carlisle. Their final day was spent walking alongside the Solway Firth to Bowness-on- Solway, their finishing point.
En route they had the opportunity to visit many historic locations and they met many fellow walkers from all parts of the globe who were very generous in their support of the fundraising. Jim said: “It was a physically challenging but immensely rewarding experience and it enabled us to raise over £2,000 for the TLC Appeal (East Kent)”.
The TLC Appeal (East Kent) needs to raise £18,000 each year to purchase sufficient teddy bears for children admitted to A&E Departments and Minor Injury Units in East Kent. The monies raised by Fred, Jim and Peter were gratefully received, and will be faithfully applied, but lodges and chapters are urged to keep this worthy charity in mind when considering their charitable contributions.