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It was through my work as a nurse and midwife that I became interested in better care for the elderly. After getting married and having children, we moved around a lot but eventually we settled in Surrey. I spotted an advert for a job: ‘Manager wanted to open a new home for the RMBI’.


Of course, back then I didn’t know what the RMBI (Royal Masonic Benevolent Fund) was or much about freemasonry, but I got the job managing Shannon Court anyway! After ten years I decided that I wanted something different, although I didn’t want to leave because I really believed in the charity. Fortunately, a job opened up managing the Advice & Support Team – there were only three of us back then – and I’ve been leading the team ever since. Over time we continued to push what we were and what we could offer, and eventually expanded the team to 13 members, working right across the country.


I love making a difference and I love working for an organisation that I’m proud of. We all work really hard and I enjoy seeing us succeed. I think we are really appreciated by the Provincial Grand Almoners, the rest of the MCF and the people we visit.

Maggie, Advice & Support Manager

Our Impact

Geoff’s story: advice and support when you most need it

Geoff’s story “I’ve had a disastrous three years. My wife, Carol, had lung cancer and a bad stroke which was the beginning of a lot of trauma for us. Shortly after, we lost both our sons to illness and our daughter died suddenly in her sleep. She went to bed one night and didn’t wake…

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Roy’s family

  When my daughter became ill four years ago, we took in our two young grandchildren, Adam and Amymae. Of course we were very happy to have them live with us, but we didn’t realise just how much it would increase our outgoings. With two extra mouths to feed, the electricity bills and the cost…

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Home is where the heart is

For many couples, the prospect of moving into a care home in later life can be emotional after years of married-life under one roof. Our RMBI care homes have provided residency to 39 couples since 2017, who have all chosen to make the transition into a care home, together. Our Marketing Manager, Rachel, met with…

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Groundwork NE & Cumbria

Roughly 21% of children in Darlington live in poverty, and low-income families struggle even more during the school holidays. Keeping children active and entertained whilst also providing good quality nutritious food is a challenge, and many parents will go without food themselves in order to feed their children. Active Play Groundwork NE & Cumbria’s Active…

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