Sturminster Newton Freemasons (Blackmore Vale Lodge No. 3625) have raised £1,372 for local charity Ducks and Drakes Cancer Trust. The Master donated funds raised at his 2022 Christmas function to the charity, which he believes is such a worthy cause. The Provincial Charity Steward was made aware of the charity and asked for a donation from the Dorset Masonic Care who donated a further £1,000. The Masonic Care Foundation then used their matched funding scheme to add a further £1,000, making a grand total of £3,372 for the charity.
Ducks and Drakes Cancer Trust is based in Dorset, and was founded by Andrew Drake and his family following Andrew’s bowel cancer diagnosis at the age of 24. The Trust works to create awareness of bowel cancer in young people aged 18 to 30 in Dorset and across the UK. It supports bowel cancer patients and their families through the provision of specialist equipment and financial aid, and fund specialist nurses in Dorset County Hospital, specifically in the Colorectal Department. They also provide financial support for equipment and the new cancer unit at the hospital.
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