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I was born in Chester but I’ve lived inside the North Wales border all my life. I loved developing websites when I was younger, so always wanted to work in IT. I left school at 16 and got a job designing and installing pay-as-you-go internet systems… that was about 10 years ago, and how times have changed! My boss at the time was a secretary of a lodge in Elsmere, and we spent a lot of time on the road together. He taught me a lot about freemasonry but I was too young to join at the time.

 

When I turned 21 I had a flashback to our conversations, and a realisation that I could join! I didn’t know anybody else in freemasonry, so I went online and did some digging. My lodge has a website so I sent an email and it went from there – turns out I was their first candidate from the internet world! I’m 29 now and Worshipful Master for my lodge, the youngest ever by about 10 years.

 

Every Tuesday we have a social event and we make a donation to the MCF in the alms collection. I believe charity is something everyone should be responsible for, which is one of the things that drew me to freemasonry. I’m very lucky to have a family that’s been able to provide for me but not everyone gets that opportunity, and they should. The MCF supports such a wide range of people and charities and it’s brilliant to see the money going directly to people who need it. As a freemason, you’re part of that funding so you feel proud when you see where the money has gone, which makes you motivated to do and give more.

Alex, North Wales

Our Impact

Hospice of the Good Shepherd

Bereavement Help Points in Cheshire This grant is helping the Hospice of the Good Shepherd to establish informal drop-in sessions in communities across Cheshire. These Bereavement Help Points offer a wide range of assistance; including emotional peer support, advice from trained volunteers, and printed resources to take away. They began work on the project in…

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St Elizabeth Hospice

This grant helped St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich to work with primary and secondary schools to improve support for pupils following bereavement. By giving teachers the skills to respond to their pupils’ grief early on, the project aims to prevent long-term difficulties in emotional well-being. Bereavement training for schools In September 2019 the Emotional Wellbeing…

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Bolton Hospice

Specialist training for local teachers The grant allowed the Bolton Hospice education team to develop specialist training for local teachers to support teenagers going through a bereavement. The training will help to improve the experience of teenagers dealing with loss, grief and bereavement, providing school staff with the knowledge and skills they need to support…

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Dogs for Good

Studies show that dogs have a profoundly positive effect on children with autism and can help the child to develop skills that increase independence and quality of life. The PAWS (Parents Autism Workshops and Support) project help parents of children with autism find (if they don’t already have a dog) and train a dog to…

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