Chairlift Provided to Help an Elderly Gillingham Freemason

Ted Gowland

Worshipful Brother Ted Gowland is a Past Master and Honorary Member of the Lodge of Friendship and Service No 6584, Gillingham, and served for several years as Tyler of the Renham Lodge No 8211. Ted suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and, now a nonagenarian, he has become quite frail. He and his wife Addy live in a two-storey house in Gillingham where he was having difficulty climbing the stairs.

Although Ted is not the sort of person to make a fuss, Worshipful Brother Barry Tucker, Renham Lodge’s Almoner, became aware of Ted’s difficulties and applied to the Masonic Samaritan Fund for help on Ted’s behalf.

The application was successful and, as you can see in the photo, Ted now has a chairlift which has transformed his life and enabled him to get up and down the stairs and continue living at home.

The application to the Masonic Samaritan Fund was made via the Provincial Almoner, Worshipful Brother Martin Ransom, who said: “This Chairlift is just one of a number of grants we have been successful in obtaining from the Masonic Samaritan Fund during the past year, resulting in sixty-five Mobility and Healthcare Aids at a staggering cost of £146,500”.

For cases like this the chairlifts are provided on a loan-basis until such time as they are no longer needed; they are then returned, refurbished and used again for another needy case.

The Masonic Samaritan Fund is one of the four central Masonic Charities. It provides health and care grants for applicants to receive treatment and care without undue delay or expense.

Read more about the Masonic Samaritan Fund.

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