Freemason Lodge donates iPads to Sam’s House

The Yatton based Freemason Lodge of Agriculture has donated four new iPad tablets to Sam’s House, CLIC Sargent's Homes from Home in Bristol.

A charity close to the members heart

The Freemason Lodge formed in 1817, is one of the oldest in Somerset. The Lodge members are avid fundraisers for various good causes, both Masonic and non-Masonic.

For Master of the Lodge David Megilley, CLIC Sargent was a charity close to his heart after his nephew was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2006 and underwent a bone marrow transplant procedure at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. CLIC Sargent provided his family with free accommodation at Sam’s House nearby to the centre his nephew received treatment.

David said: “My nephew's life is fairly stable, hence my desire to 'put something back'. Also one of our members lost his grandson... which makes the whole exercise so poignant. I did want to be in a position to support Sam’s House directly, hence the idea of providing equipment.”

How this donation will help

The iPads will be a much needed distraction for teenagers at Sam’s House helping them take some much need time away from daily reality of treatment.

They will serve as useful for tools to help improve social confidence helping young people access social media networks that CLIC Sargent provides for them, as well as allowing them to take part in CLIC Sargent participation surveys’ which will help ensure that CLIC Sargent is supporting young service users in the best possible way.

Continuing support

Over the year’s CLIC Sargent has received some amazing support from local and provincial Masonic Lodges.

CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Kiren Fernandes said: “It is often forgotten or overlooked that Freemasons are second only to the National Lottery in its weekly contribution to good causes.

"The support of local organisations like Lodges and Rotary organisations are absolutely invaluable to CLIC Sargent. They are an integral to raising awareness and a great support to our local services.

"On behalf of CLIC Sargent I would like to thank the Lodge for their very generous donation.”

Find out more

To find out how you can help support children and young people with cancer, please contact Kiren Fernandes on 0117 311 2620 or email: kiren.fernandes@clicsargent.org.uk.

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