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South Wales Freemasons donate £55,000 to MS Cymru

People living with multiple sclerosis given specialist support thanks to grant from South Wales Freemasons.

A project which will support around 1,300 people living with and affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) in Wales has received a huge boost with a grant of £55,000 from South Wales Freemasons.

The My MS; My Rights, My Choices project, financed by the Big Lottery Fund, is starting this month and will champion the lives of people living with MS in Wales.

The grant from the Freemasons will fund a crucial part of the project, a series of self-management and advice workshops and courses for people with MS, which also have specific sessions for families and carers. These are aimed at providing awareness of rights and choices around health and social care, welfare benefits and employment support.

There are 4,900 people with MS in Wales, and more than 100,000 across the UK. The symptoms typically appear when people are in their 20s and 30s, when MS attacks the nervous system and can lead to pain, fatigue, sight loss, incontinence and various forms of disability.

South Wales Freemasons are providing the grant through the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) which receives funding from Freemasons and their families from across England and Wales.

The grant is being given in memory of Jessica Maynard, a long-serving member of staff at the MCF, who was a person with the condition.

MS Society Cymru Director Lynne Hughes said:

“We are very grateful to South Wales Freemasons for their generous grant, which will enable us to make major improvements to the lives of Welsh people with MS, with specific sessions tailored for their families and carers.

These will help the more than half of people in Wales with MS who are unable to manage their condition. They are unable to advocate on their own behalf because of a lack of information, advice and support.”

Roger Richmond from South Wales Freemasons met several people with Multiple Sclerosis to learn more about how their lives are affected and can be assisted with support from grants such as these, said:

“We are very pleased to be able to help the MS Society which is doing fantastic work improving the lives of people with multiple sclerosis across the country.”

Llantwit Major Lodge Summer Garden Party raises £2,180 for Velindre Cancer Centre

On Sunday 9th July, Llantwit Major Lodge No. 9241 held a Summer Garden Party in aid of Velindre Cancer Center. The event took place at W.Bro Michael Thomas’s house and gardens in Rhoose and was well supported by family and friends of the lodge. Everyone enjoyed an afternoon in the sunshine with good food, drink and live musical entertainment that went on into the evening. The total amount raised for the charity was £2,180 making the day a resounding success which exceeded all the expectations of the lodge. Llantwit Major Lodge would like to extend their sincere thanks to all who contributed their help on the day and the 200, or so, who attended. (more…)

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Brethren, thank you for your attendance here this afternoon and may I reiterate my grateful thanks to all our distinguished guests for their continued support and friendship and for coming in such large numbers to help us celebrate our annual meeting. Some have travelled long distances and we very much appreciate their presence here today.

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South Wales Freemasons urge the public to vote for local charities to share £3 million

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Freemasons have nominated 8 good causes to receive South Wales’s share of a special £3 million Community Awards Tercentenary Fund. (more…)