East Kent Freemasons 47,000 steps to support QEQM Margate
The QEQM (Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital) Margate, a department managed by the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, has won funding from the NHS of £1.8 million to develop a Clinical Trials Unit within the hospital. There are two other like units in the South East located in Brighton and London.
To equip the Pathology Unit with the required instrumentation a budget of £20 – 22,000 has been estimated.
The members of East Kent Freemason Group 8 under the leadership of the group’s Charity coordinators Ray Hazelton and Glyn Raven have agreed to support that particular department by raising £22.000. An application for support has also been made to the CEKFC.
On Saturday 15th May 2021, 2 Group members Adam Taylor and Michael Salter, both of The Trinity Lodge 7021, Margate completed a 22-mile sponsored walk, in support of the appeal.
Both extremely proud and pleased on completion to announce that they had raised at least £500 towards this very worthy cause.
They said: “We wanted to do this walk as this is such a worthy cause and felt that we could help to kickstart the initiative while getting us outdoors all within the Covid restrictions”.
Starting in the pouring rain at the Birchington Masonic Centre at 0830 on a route set by John Matthews of the Minnis Bay Lodge 8496. 6 hours and 50 minutes later along with completing 47,000 steps they were met at the Birchington Centre by members of the Trinity Lodge, who had met and encouraged them throughout.
This is a tremendous start to the fundraising and is an excellent example of how when our Lodges and Chapters work together, we can make that important difference.