Whilst Terry Preece was Master of Darell Lodge 5945 in Rugby, the Lodge members, encouraged by Terry & his wife Kellie, made a series of donations to charities, based upon recommendations and local knowledge. Terry’s story is below:
We chose the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation (CLDF) as a charity to raise money for because of a brave young girl in our local village. Her name is Eleanor Brinkley. Below is a testimonial her mother Claire has written:
“When Eleanor was diagnosed with a rare form of liver disease at 3 months old, the CLDF charity stepped in with information and support from day one. Having a child with a life threatening condition can be incredibly isolating but CLDF were a life-line, putting us in touch with others in our position and providing opportunities to meet similar families. Their Young Person's Officer supports children going through transplant and beyond and I really need that support to continue as Eleanor grows ever more aware of her condition and the impact it will have on her for the rest of her life."
However, the most important aspect of this charity's work is the vital funding for research and the campaigning for better futures for children and young people with liver disease. They put children and families at the very heart of everything they do. They are always there on the end of the phone if I have a question or need to talk, they were right behind us when Eleanor was transplanted and suffered life threatening complications last year and I really don't know how we'd have got through the past 8 years without them. She has since gone on to make a good recovery and earlier this year competed in the Transplant Games in Scotland.”
During his year as Darell’s Worshipful Master, £1700 was donated to the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, the majority of which was from events they organised. £700 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support from the Ladies Night – this was chosen because they had four friends in the last 18 months who have been helped and supported by Macmillan. Sadly two are longer with us but they were always extremely appreciative of MacMillan and everything they did. A further £340 was donated to the Salvation Army (Rugby) from the annual carol service when the Army band played in the Temple.
Whilst Terry is now Immediate Past Master of the Lodge, he has been chosen by the Lodge to be Festival Champion for the 2023 Masonic Charitable Foundation Festival, which will be launched on 15th January 2018.
Thanks to Terry & John for providing these details.