WAVENEY VALLEY MARK AND EAMBA CHAMPIONS LOCAL PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

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Deputy Provincial Grand Master Ray Clarke, Worshipful Master Robert Wood, Ray Cossey and Immediate Past Master Colin Clements

Harleston based Waveney Valley Mark Lodge have made a donation to the Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group. The lodge raised £1,000 and made use of the East Anglia Mark Benevolent Association (EAMBA) match funding scheme; who added a further £250.

The funds were raised during the previous year when Colin Clements was Worshipful Master, by holding raffles and social events attended by members and guests.

The support group provides advice and counselling to sufferers of prostate cancer before during and after treatment. Trustee Ray Cossey and his wife Theresa were guests at the Festive Board.

The £1,250 donation allowed the purchase of a projector and life-size model of the male pelvis. It is made of synthetic, bone like material with a highly detailed, carefully coloured pelvic floor, and includes a removable section of the bladder with prostate and seminal vesicles. This makes it easier to explain to patients which muscles they need to exercise and why.

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EAMBA Grant to St John Ambulance

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In September the Province announced an EAMBA grant of £21,180 for the purchase of radio communications equipment. Used in conjunction with the ambulances and mobile treatment centres recently donated by the Mark Benevolent Fund, the St John Ambulance staff and crews will be able to communicate effectively and speedily whilst on duty. A presentation event was held on 6th December at Bury St Edmunds.

Our Provincial Grand Master writes:

What a magnificent gathering today at Bury St Edmunds, over 30 Mark Masons and their families gathered at the St John HQ , to see first hand the equipment our grant provided.

David, a St John volunteer, explained what a difference our state of the art communication kit would make to the work of the St John in our Province. He proudly exhibited his bounty and gave several examples of the game changing difference he could now provide.

Amy, another St John volunteer then went on to praise the tablet and lap tops contained within the grant, and gave us an insight into their use. These were in the fore front of training young adults volunteers in first aid and how to deliver first aid at the events they covered during a year.

During the Buffett lunch so graciously provided by the District Manager for Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Lee Taylor, the chair of the Suffolk County Priory Group, Mrs Laura Wallace, our Regional Logistics Co-ordinator, Paul Stockdale, the Unit Manager for Bury St Edmunds unit Enid Gathercole plus anumber of the adult volunteers from Bury, and our Radio Comms Lead, David Sparrow, spoke at length with us and gave us profuse thanks.

The County President, MRs Laura Wallace gave we Mark Masons a heartfelt and warm vote of appreciation and thanks for the generosity and our support for the Order of St John.

The immense benefit that St John will gain from our grant should not be under estimated, and to coin a phrase from one volunteer who described himself “Chuffed as nuts, it will mean we can do more, help more, and give more to the community.”

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