NMBF Spring Social supporting Cancer Care

The charity specialise in transporting cancer patients to and from hospital for their Chemotherapy and or Radiotherapy treatment, free of charge.

On Saturday 1st April 2023 we had our latest Social Evening in aid of the Northumberland Mark Benevolent Fund and was the usual Wine and Curry Night which we hold at Wallsend Masonic Hall. We were again treated to the usual excellent food provided by the catering staff at the Hall and our thanks go to them for all their hard work.

Our thanks also go to our Mark Social team for all their efforts in organizing the event and making it such a success.

The nominated Charity for this evening was the ‘Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care’ charity.

This Charity specializes in providing free transport to and from the Freeman/RVI Hospitals for outpatients undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy treatment – some from as far as the Scottish Borders, North Yorkshire and West Cumbria.

The service involves collecting and transporting patients in a safe and comfortable environment from where they are living to where they will be having their treatment. If required, a volunteer will stay with the patient during their chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. The patient is then returned to their home in readiness for their next course of treatment.

Some patients require a more tailored service; some need palliative care, others have illnesses at a more advanced stage that require greater attentiveness. The Charity is there to help.

Some 60,000+ cancer patient journeys are completed each year with a passionate team of over 400 volunteers and a fleet of over 40 ambulances.

All in all, a fantastic local charity to support.

The night went very well and our PGM R.W. Bro Raymond Walton, along with W. Bros. Tom Grey, Graham Rowley and Alex Finlay, were delighted to be able to present a cheque for £750 to the Charity.

Many thanks to all who attended the event, donated raffle prizes and made donations. Without your support we couldn’t make donations to worthwhile charities such as this.

Another wonderful example of the ‘Magic of the Mark’.

Magic of the Mark

The Travelling Sceptre, without the use of a Satnav,  has found its way back to Whitley Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 788.   It’s there to be rescued.

The Travelling Gavel has left Whitley Bay and moved from the furthest east of the Province to the furthest west and is now in the possession of Hexham Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1141.   Perhaps it can now make its way to the far north to compete the Northumberland triangle.

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