It was a very hot Tuesday evening when the members of the Lord Warden Lodge and guests which totaled over 50 arrived at the Masonic Centre, Sondes Road, Deal to support a local charity, Digbys Smile.
The charity is for a little boy from Deal, called Digby Donnelly. Digby suffers from a fatal and incurable illness called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

The charity was brought to the attention of the lodge by one of our members and close friend of Digby’s family, Harry Prescott. His love and passion for helping Digby was overwhelming, and as a lodge we just couldn’t refuse to help.

The evening started in the Lodge Room, with Immediate Past Master Ray Horton, welcoming everyone to the Lodge.
Ray gave a background of what Freemasonry is and what it means to be a Freemason.

He then handed over to Harry who talked a little about why we chose this charity, who Digby was and how much it meant to him and the members of the lodge that we could help Digby’s parents and Charity. So the fund raising begun, and with the help of a fellow Freemason, Jonathan Bowles and his RUNN Ashore group, plus a contribution from his lodge, we were able to raise a fantastic sum of £600.

Once the presentation was completed in the Lodge Room and photos were taken, we all headed downstairs for some refreshments and a cooling down.
A lovely spread of food and drinks was enjoyed by all.
A raffle took place and another £232 was raised for another local charity. Ellice’s Wish to Walk. (see below)

The lodge was also in a position to announce that we had also donated £150 to Breast Cancer Screening. taking the total monies raised and donated for the night to £982
The Lodge would like to thank all those who came and supported such good causes.

About Digby

Currently Digby is relatively unaffected by the symptoms of the illness, his joy for life is captivating, he gleans immense pleasure from making people happy, he loves to see other people’s smiles too.
He has poorer balance than many boys his age and spends a lot of time falling over for no apparent reason. Sadly though this is the start of the illness; this is is the start of his cruel future.
Boys with DMD lose all muscle function, are generally wheelchair bound by 12 years and die in their late teens or early twenties.
We currently cannot change any of that – but there is something we CAN do.
We are on a mission to keep Digby smiling & help find a cure for this horrible disease.
Despite all odds we aim to give Digby the best life possible, fill it with small pleasures, treats, adventures and mobility equipment etc. for a more comfortable life.
He is currently enrolled in a trial at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
So his family and friends are fundraising for Digby, and also raise further funds for the main UK Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy charities who strive to finance research for potential treatments and cures for this vile illness.
If you would like to play a part in saving Digby’s smile then please get involved.
Taken from facebook page, Digbys Smile

Ellice Barr

Just4Children wants to raise funds for Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) surgery, to help make Ellice’s Wish to Walk come true.
Ellice is 5 and from Deal, Kent. Ellice was born seven weeks early weighing 3lb 9oz. She spent a little time in N.I.C.U before coming home. When Ellice was 22 months she was not meeting her movement markers. Ellice was diagnosed with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy.

Diplegic CP causes the messages from the brain, through the spinal cord, to the muscles to be abnormal. This causes spasticity. Ellice is unable to walk without assistance. She currently uses a walking frame or wheelchair, when tired.

Here is their fund Raising Page. Just4Children

Details and Picture taken from https://just4children.org/children-helped2017/ellices-wish-to-walk/

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