The large amount of good work being carried out by East Kent Freemasons never ceases to amaze.
More than 3,000 babies are born with a serious heart defect in the UK each year. Around 1,000 of these newborns head home with no-one knowing that their lives are in danger. Tiny Tickers is a small charity that works to improve the early detection and care of babies with serious heart conditions. Spotting a defect early can improve a baby’s chance of survival and long term quality of life.
The Fleur de Lis lodge in Maidstone was founded by Freemasons with a keen interest in scouting, youth activities and anything that benefits young people. It was therefore very appropriate that the lodge held a family lunch on Sunday 30th April in aid of Tiny Tickers.
With around eighty members and guests enjoying a super lunch, and with live musical entertainment by Mike Harris, over £400 was raised. Jess Ritchie from Tiny Tickers gave a talk about the excellent work that they do. In her talk Jess said: “The charity has already achieved a lot, and it has exciting ambitions to make an even greater impact for such babies born in the UK. From large-scale sonographer training programmes; to new parent support and information projects; to powerful lobbying campaigns for improved standards – we’re doing even more to help.”
Jess concluded by saying: “We are a relatively small charity but we make a big difference by providing better outcomes and futures for babies. We could not do this without the continued support and kind generosity of others and I would like to thank you all, especially the members of the Fleur De Lis Lodge’
Report and photo courtesy of Richard Wingett.