KKPA logo  Maidstone Freemasons raise £2,500 for KKPA

The "Spring Forward" Charity Dinner Dance

The “Spring Forward” Charity Dinner Dance

The Kent Kidney Patients Association (KKPA) is set to benefit from a significant donation raised by Maidstone’s freemasons. The charity which was set up to help patients who are on dialysis, as well as patients who have had a kidney transplant became the focus for “Spring Forward” an evening of good food, great company and excellent music.

The main entertainment of the evening was provided by the official provincial rock-band The Cymbolick Penalities, who charged no fee to help with the fundraising. Although only playing as a band part-time, they treated 120 paying guests to a fantastic selection of songs, ranging from the 1950s covers to present day hits. Some of the numbers covered were “Sea Cruise” originally by Frankie Ford and “Human” by The Killers.

The event, held at the Cornwallis Suite, was organised by Past Masters of six Maidstone lodges, the so called “Maidstone 007s”, who served as Masters of their lodges in 2007. They were inspired by the story of band guitarist Alan Kilburn, who has himself suffered with kidney cancer.

One of the 007s, Alan Chitty of Duke of Kent Lodge, said: “It was a fantastic evening. We raised over £2,500 through ticket sales, a raffle and the auction of a free magic show from one of our guests. We’re now hoping to boost that with matched funding through the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity.”

When asked about the inspiration for this event Alan added: “We were keen to do something to help the KKPA when we heard about the help and support they had given Alan Kilburn. More importantly we knew how much he enjoyed playing in the band had helped make him keep a positive outlook during his illness. So we were delighted when the band agreed to support our efforts to raise money for kidney patients from all parts of Kent.

“Our thanks go to the members and guests of Agricola, Bearsted, Belvidere, Duke of Kent, Monckton and Robinson Lodges for their fantastic support and generosity on the evening.”

Vicki Farley, Hon. Secretary of the KKPA, who attended the event with her husband, said: “The KKPA is a not-for-profit organisation, and all of the people involved in running it give their time freely to help others. There are over 500 patients on dialysis in Kent, 96 of which are in the Maidstone area. Without the support of organisations such as the Freemasons we would not be able to help half the amount of people that we do. We greatly appreciate all of the help and support that we receive.

“The money raised this evening will help to fund a number of our projects: respite caravan holidays, funding of support groups for patients with renal failure, provision of some comforts and assistance that are not otherwise available and supporting Kent-based participants in the Transplant Games which are held in a different UK city each year.”

Fundraising events such as this take place regularly at the Masonic Centre in Maidstone and across the whole of East Kent.

To find out more about the KKPA please visit www.kentkidneypatients.co.uk

Photos courtesy of Jenny Mitchell and Mark Stock

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