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.


Herne Bay Link started in October 2015 following a short visit to Borodyanka to meet the family that we started to sponsor a few months before. We were shocked at the level of poverty and illness in a country only a 3 hour flight from the comforts of our own home.
We decided that our help was desperately needed by the children, their families and the community who are still affected by the Chernobyl disaster. 70km from the Exclusion Zone and still contaminated land ,1000’s of evacuees were relocated in the Borodyanka region from 5 towns within the Chernobyl exclusion zone, despite still being contaminated by the nuclear disaster. Today over 11,000 children have the status of a person affected by the accident. Many have lost parents through disease and continue to fight battles themselves every day.
The Centre for Social and Psychological Rehabilitation was opened in 1994 to help those suffering from Chernobyl and remains today the centre of the community.
We are so pleased to be working with passionate, committed staff in bringing hope to the children of Chernobyl.

Letter From

Daniel John

of Union Lodge No 127, Margate.

& Vice Chair of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline South East.



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