FREEMASONRY IN THE COMMUNITY
Looking back at the contribution Berkshire Freemasons have made across the local community in the past year
Last year, Berkshire Freemasons made a generous donation of £6,400 to provide medical monitors to treat young children at Royal Berkshire Hospital.
The funds will enable the Children’s’ Wards in Royal Berkshire Hospital to purchase eight new monitors. This donation enables the two wards to have monitors for every child in every bed. The monitors measure heart rates and oxygen levels. The donation amounted to £6,400 and when combined with the toys donated to the children’s’ wards at Christmas meant the total donated in the last four months is more than £11,000. This donation was made via the Berkshire Masonic Charity, which was set up to support good causes as well as the wider masonic family within the Province of Berkshire.
Susan Timperley, Matron for Paediatrics and Neonates, said: “We are, as always, extremely grateful to the Berkshire Freemasons for their very generous donations. It doesn’t matter if it’s a toy, game or piece of medical equipment like these monitors, they all go to improving the stay of youngsters on our wards and make a big contribution to the work we do here.”
Anthony Howlett-Bolton, Provincial Grand Master of Berkshire, said: ‘When we dropped off the Christmas gifts, we were talking to staff on the wards and asked, “What more can we do to help?”
They mentioned how useful it would be to have monitors at every bed, so we decided to support a funding bid to the Berkshire Masonic Charity which, after careful consideration, supported the application.
“It was a pleasure to visit the hospital, talk to staff and see how these monitors work and how they are such a valuable piece of equipment to will greatly assist the staff on the wards.”