Bringing Craft and Chapter closer together to help others
Ian White PAGDC, the Provincial Grand director of ceremonies for the HRA, at a recent Provincial Area 8 Burns Night, spoke to Charlotte John, Chair of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline Charity (Herne Bay branch) who is the wife of W.Bro Daniel John PM Union Lodge 127. Heard the story about ‘Dima’, a 12-year-old boy and his need for a chair. The story particularly struck a heart string with Ian, they needed just £1000 which is not a massive amount to transform this child’s life, but it is beyond the hope of the child’s family. Ian decided to raise the money by making propositions to both Craft and Chapters:
The Provincial Stewards Chapter 5866 donated £250, Union Lodge 127 donated £250 Union Lodge 127 LOI donated £200 The Director of ‘On the Square Regalia’ (PM of 127) donated £50 and Pentangle Chapter 1174 donated £250
Within 24 hours of Ian’s requests going out, the full sum of £1000 was pledged.
Dima is 12 and is physically disabled. He is unable to sit unaided and has spent most of his life being cared for by his mother, on the floor of their home. Our aim was to buy Dimas a chair for a more comfortable position at home giving him the opportunity to spend some time sitting up.
Very sadly Dima’s health suddenly deteriorated and it is now a case of making him comfortable for end of life.
All involved were advised of the change in circumstances and all agreed for the money to be used to make the rest of Dima’s life as comfortable as possible, whether it be for pleasure, medical needs or to assist his family with the process. If there is any balance, the funds are to be donated to the CCLL cause.