Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler’s Charities for 2017/18
Reuben’s Retreat, Glossop
Thursday 15th March 2018 – David Littlewood, Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler of the Order of the Secret Monitor of Cheshire & North Wales, presents funds raised by Secret Monitors of the Province to Reuben’s Retreat in Glossop.
Accompanied by Tony Stringer, Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, they visited the charity’s head office at The Lodge in Glossop, and were shown around the facility by
Sally-Anne Jones, the Support & Breaks Manager.
Reuben Graham was just 23 months when he passed away in 2012.
The charity’s goal, set up in Reuben’s memory, is to provide a retreat in the North West of England’s countryside that will relieve the distress of families and their close friends who have suffered the bereavement of a child or have a child suffering from a life limiting or life threatening illness, with a bereavement support and counselling centre.
Reuben’s Retreat earned top votes in the Cheshire Freemasons’ public vote for the Tercentenary Charitable Donations from the Masonic Samaritan Fund, winning a donation of £25,000.
The Charity has embarked on an ambitious 9-stage plan to achieve their goal by purchasing a former cottage hospital in Glossop.
Stage 1 completed the renovation of the Lodge, the charity’s headquarters; Stage 2 landscaped the peripheral gardens whilst Stage 3 renovated the roof of the main building.
The donation from the Order of the Secret Monitor of £2,000 will contribute to Stage 4, the development of the Hydrotherapy Pool, which will be completed this year, by purchasing ancillary equipment.
David Littlewood said he was delighted to be able to support the charity with £2,000, raised from members throughout Cheshire & North Wales, and a contribution from Grand Conclave in London.
(Website: http://www.reubensretreat.org )
Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospice, Conwy
Thursday 8 March, 2018 – David Littlewood, Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler of the Order of the Secret Monitor of Cheshire & North Wales, presents funds raised by Secret Monitors of the Province to Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospice in Conwy.
Accompanied by Tony Stringer, Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, and Albert Elliott, Provincial Treasurer, the party visited the home at Conwy, and was shown around the facility by Eluned Yaxley, Area Fundraiser.
Ty Gobaith, together with their partners Hope House in Oswestry, provide care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales.
Being a well-deserving local cause, Ty Gobaith is supported by Freemasonry generally, in particular the Freemasons of North Wales, and technology is donated by Lifelites, the national Masonic charity.
Eluned, demonstrating excellent enthusiasm for the work of the charity, explained the variety of services the charity provides for children and their families and friends, to make life at an extremely difficult time more bearable.
David Littlewood said he was delighted to be able to support the hospice with £2,000, raised from members throughout Cheshire & North Wales, and a contribution from Grand Conclave in London.
Whilst the funds will support a range of work by the charity, part will go towards a new CuddleCot, with the balance on the building of a new visitor’s annex.
TY Gobaith; http://www.hopehouse.org.uk http:/
Cuddle Cots; http://flexmort.com/cuddle-cots/