At the MSF Members Meeting held at Grand Lodge on 19th March 2015 Richard Douglas (CEO MSF) (pictured to my left) gave an informative presentation on the ever developing work of the MSF.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the MSF, established in 1990 after the closure of the Royal Masonic Hospital. The MSF provides health and care grants for Freemasons, their wives, partners, widows and dependants to receive treatments and care without undue delay or expense. Grants are available to fund medical treatment or surgery, functional dental treatment, mobility aids, home adaptations, respite breaks, counseling and consultations or assessments.Since the Fund began it has awarded 17,700 grants totaling over £64 million on behalf of over 11,500 individuals.
We also received an honest and emotionally thought provoking presentation by Mrs. Jenny Evans. Jenny is the daughter of a Freemason, she spoke from her wheelchair on what it was like to live with Multiple Sclerosis. She talked about how quickly her health had deteriorated, the toll it had taken on her marriage and the difficulties she experiences in bringing up her two children. She gave us her heart felt gratitude for the ongoing research into her disabilitating condition funded by Freemasons. I came away from the meeting knowing that the MSF is being well managed and that help and assistance is readily available to anyone that is in need.
The office of Lodge Almoners is such an important role and we can help by bringing to his attention anyone that would benefit from support or direct them to the Masonic Samaritan Fund during office hours on 020 7404 1550. There is a team ready and willing to help in any way they can, just give them a call. More information can be found at www.msfund.org.uk.
W Bro Andy Vodden MBE PAGDC