Jess Ritchie from Tiny Tickers with members of the Fleur de Lis Lodge

Jess Ritchie from Tiny Tickers with members of the Fleur de Lis Lodge

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.

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