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“I had trouble with my eyes for a long, long time. I saw a specialist at the hospital and they told me that I had cataracts, but there was a very long waiting list for treatment at the hospital – the specialist said it would be at least six months and to be honest at the age of 85 I wasn’t sure I would last that long.

“Since my wife, Nancy, died, I’m on my own which I find very difficult. My computer is my way of keeping in touch with the outside world but eventually my cataracts meant I was unable to use it. I also use my computer to run a website featuring stories about my 39 years in the British Army.

“I was Almoner of my Lodge for many years so when I realised I needed support, I got in touch with the Foundation directly. The application process was absolutely brilliant. The Advice and Support Team helped me to fill out the forms and the Grants team took it from there.

“I have been overwhelmed with the help I have received. My operation was earlier this year, almost straight away after I applied. I made a contribution towards the cost from my savings and the Foundation paid the rest.

“I’m getting on brilliantly now. I can go all day without wearing glasses except when I’m reading. It has made a huge difference and I feel a lot more comfortable. Being on my own, my computer is very important to me for my hobbies and keeping in touch with the outside world.

If I could say anything to the Masonic Charitable Foundation I would say ‘Thank you, thank you, thank you!’ The help they have given me is without equal.

 

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