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Les’s Story


When Les was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he faced a wait of over a year for the operation he needed.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with around 44,000 men diagnosed each year.

Les, a Freemason for 16 years, was completely unaware he was living with this life-threatening disease. It was only during a routine doctor’s appointment that he was offered a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test.

The blood test came back showing that his PSA levels were too high. His doctor told him that he should have a scan to investigate further but that it would take a couple of weeks to get an appointment on the NHS. The anxiety caused by this news meant that he didn’t want to wait, so  Les decided to pay for an MRI scan and a biopsy privately.

This was when my cancer was fully diagnosed – but I was told I would face a year and a half wait for an operation.

After confiding in his Lodge Almoner about his diagnosis, the long NHS wait and the unaffordable cost of private care, Les found out about the MCF and successfully applied for funding to have his treatment privately. Just three months later he had the surgery he needed.

As soon as the word cancer is mentioned, your whole world turns upside down, so who knows what would have happened if I had been forced to wait. I’m just so lucky I caught it early!

Our Impact

St Cuthbert’s Hospice

The Family Support Team at St Cuthbert’s Hospice provides emotional, psychological, spiritual and practical support to individuals, children and families who are affected by life limiting illness, bereavement and grief. Pathways through bereavement In October 2019, St Cuthbert’s began working with a wide range of people from the local community to find out what kind…

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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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