The Globe and Laurel Lodge No 4657, in Deal, has and continues to be a champion for good causes in its local area. With a membership of 40 the Lodge continued its excellent fundraising track record by donating £1000 to Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust.
The donation came about when Gordon Offer-Hoar became charity steward in 2006, with a personal interest in helicopters, and after researching the charity records, he found that the lodge had not previously donated to this charity. And so, the first donation was made in 2006.
After a decade since the first donation, the lodge members were asked if they could support the high running costs of the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service. “The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance costs £6.5 million per annum to provide two helicopter emergency medical services (HEMS) to the people across the South East. Our life-saving service is almost entirely dependent upon the community, particularly the groups, clubs, business, organisations and individuals who fundraise on behalf of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.” (extract from https://www.kssairambulance.org.uk/about/financial_information)
The members of the Lodge have been more than generous over the years, and when asked to reciprocate, they whole heartedly voted for another £1000.00 to be donated to the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust. This is a lot of money for a small lodge, and adds to the total of £2690.00 given to Masonic and Non Masonic Charities since October 2015, showing the key values of Freemasonry, and its place in our modern society today.