A picture of Mandy during one of her concerts.

You may recall earlier this year we put up a story regarding Jeff Kirkpatrick’s and his wife Mandy, and his request for a Samsung tablet to allow Jeff and Mandy to communicate with each other while she was in King’s College Hospital.

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Due to Coronavirus Jeff had been unable to visit her, at the time he spotted that East Kent Freemasons were giving out Samsung computer tablets to enable patients to communicate with their families, he asked if it would be possible to buy one for his wife. As all the tablets had been given out in East Kent, Tony Eldridge contacted the Provincial Almoner, Duncan Rouse, who, via his opposite number in London, contacted the Managing Director of the company supplying the tablets to ask if he could purchase one more. Duncan was pleasantly surprised to hear that the company would deliver one to Mandy completely free of charge.

Mandy is a singer and has been since the age of 14. She goes under the name stage name of Mandy Winters.

What we did not mention at the time was how seriously ill Mandy was, she has spent a year in hospital suffering from lymphoma.

Lymphoma is a type of blood cancer that affects white blood cells called lymphocytes.

In lymphoma, something goes wrong with the development of white blood cells called lymphocytes, which are an important part of our immune system. The lymphocytes don’t work properly and can multiply out of control.

In the last 12 months, Mandy has undergone many risky and arduous medical procedures, including chemo and stem cell therapy.

Early this month at an appointment with her consultant at King’s College Hospital, Mandy has been given the news that her lymphoma has cleared up and she is in remission. This very rarely happens in these particular circumstances. Mandy is now at home with Jeff, I am sure we are all pleased to hear the good news and wish Jeff and Mandy all the best for the future.

What is important is the fact that despite covid 19 and its effects on our meetings, there has been no let-up in our charitable work and our continued determination to help others throughout the Province of East Kent.

A picture of Mandy and Jeff. Mandy holding a bunch of flowers. Jeff is seated just behind on her left.