On Friday 30th June 2017, Sheerness Freemason Allen West received an award for exceeding 100 donations to the NHS Blood Transfusion Service.
Allen is a Past Master and long-serving member of Queenborough Lodge No 3893 which meets in Sheerness. He is also Treasurer of The Millennium Lodge of Charity in East Kent No 9730 which meets in Maidstone.
The award ceremony was held in an annexe to Canterbury Cathedral and Allen was accompanied at the presentation by his wife Brenda.
Allen began donating blood in 1963 whilst an apprentice at HM Dockyard Chatham, and has continued ever since. One of the many changes he has seen over the years was from the original glass bottles to the modern plastic containers. However, he was particularly proud of being able to respond – along with many others – to help those injured in the bombing of the Royal Marine Barracks at Deal in 1989.
Asked what has driven him to continue donating blood over the last fifty-four years, Allen modestly replied: “I didn’t need a reason; I just knew that I was able to help others by giving a little of my time, and it remains my privilege to continue doing so”. In this respect, Allen has demonstrated his continuing commitment to both our Masonic traditions and society in general, for which we thank him.
Allen is clearly a man with dedication and commitment. In April 2015, at a meeting held in the Sheerness United Masonic Club, he was presented with a certificate commemorating fifty years service to Freemasonry. Eighty members and guests were present to witness the presentation given by Roger Odd, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master.
We salute you Allen; you are an outstanding example of Masonic excellence.
Report: Geoff Harris