Andrea in old wheelchairAndrea is a resident of Exmouth who lives with cerebral palsy. Her mobility is extremely limited and she depends completely on an electric wheelchair. She has two, neither of which are fit for purpose, and the engineer who looks after them has told her that they are both beyond any meaningful repair and a replacement is the only option. He has recommended an American chair, purpose built for her needs. It is, however, very expensive, but as she suffers from other debilitating conditions this is the one recommended for her very specialised needs – not just a luxury item. Andrea can’t afford that so a charity appeal was launched to try and raise the funds.

The Freemasons of Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton, both in the Craft and the Royal Arch have come together and made a huge contribution towards the chair. It started with £100 from the Widows Sons SW Motorcycle Association and rapidly grew with donations from the following Lodges and Chapters.

  • Sun Lodge 106 - £250
  • Rolle Lodge 2759 - £500
  • Per Mare Per Terram 9355 - £250
  • Lodge of Harmony 372 - £250
  • Chapter of Harmony 372 - £250

This was followed by a very generous donation of £1500 by the Provincial Grand Superintendent, E Comp Simon Rowe. Other Masons have made personal donations to raise a total of £3300 for this worthy cause.

Andrea is now well on the way to the total needed. The Freemasons of Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton have demonstrated once again that charity is one of the leading lights of Freemasonry in helping this lady to become mobile again. Andrea was invited to the Exmouth Lodge building on Friday 10 November to receive the cheques. Present were:

W. Bros Tom Devin and Bernhard Hughes, Worshipful Master’s of Per Mare Per Terram and The Lodge of Harmony respectively. W. Bros Nigel Bradford, Dave Bassett, Chris Brookbank, Tom Pearman and MG Nicholls the Charity Stewards of all the donating Lodges and Chapters also attended. Also E Comp John James, MEZ of The Chapter of Harmony attended, but missed the photograph.

Andrea sends her sincere thanks to all the Lodges and Chapters and all others who have contributed. She has promised to visit us and show us the new chair when it arrives. We all wish her the best of luck.

Keith Rigby
PPrAGDC
Per Mare Per Terram Lodge N0 9355