Demelza House and Blue Tree Social Club
are helped with a presentation from the Masonic Charitable Fund.
On Friday 22nd March 2019, representatives from The Province of East Kent (Group 3: Sheerness, Sittingbourne and Wigmore) made two presentations of awards from the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) to worthy recipients in the area.
The award-presentations were arranged by Marc Lambeth, Group 3 Charity Steward Coordinator, and were made individually to the Demelza Children’s Hospice in Sittingbourne and the Blue Tree Social Club in Sheerness.
The work of Demelza Children’s Hospice is well known and recognised: they received an award of £1,332.00 under the MCF Hospice Grants towards their running costs, which was gratefully received by Alexandra Kopyciok, their Trusts and Development Executive.
Demelza Kent provides professional, specialist, one-to-one care and support and access to life-enhancing facilities for babies, children and young people up to the age of 19. Set in beautiful grounds and with serene gardens, our Sittingbourne hospice boasts many leisure facilities and activities, making it the perfect retreat, whether for day or short-term respite residential care.
Each child who visits Demelza Kent has access to their own bedroom, with a specialist bed or cot and ensuite bathroom. The hospice also has specially adapted bedrooms, designed to enable an enhanced level of independence for young people staying with us. Parents and siblings are welcome to stay in our family accommodation, complete with kitchenette, ensuite bathroom and lounge.
Following the presentation – which was made by Barry Fewtrell of the Manor of Gillingham Lodge.
Alexandra said; “We are very grateful for this award from the Province of East Kent Freemasons which will help tremendously towards enriching the lives of the children in our care”.
Having made the presentation, the Group representatives travelled to Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey where Brian Buckland presented another award to Rob Rose, Centre Manager of the ‘Blue Tree Social Club’.
The Blue Tree Social Club – which is situated within the Hope Street Church in the centre of the town – assists local disabled and disadvantaged people by providing activities such as cake decorating, indoor bowls, table tennis, pool, games and other activities. social meetings, outings and recreational facilities which would otherwise not be available to them. They also run a very successful cafe which is open to the public from 9am – 1pm daily.
Rob said; “This grant of £2,000 is really appreciated; our running costs are in the region of £100,000 per year, and we had no idea that Freemasons were so generous to others. We are extremely grateful; this award will really help us to continue providing our services to help our local community”.
Photo details, starting from Left to right in the image we have: John Sharmen, Marc Lambeth, Alexandra Kopyciok (Demelza House), Barry Fewtrell, Bradly Balkwell, Brian Buckland and Peter Pordage. (Freemasons)