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Mark’s Story


Our grants can help families facing unexpected personal crises

Four years ago, Mark received a call that would change his life forever. It had been a normal day for the family – then the phone rang. Mark’s wife, Jacqui, had been on her way home from work when she was involved in a serious car accident that left her with permanent brain injuries. She was 44-years-old.

In one moment, Jacqui went from being a busy, working mother to someone who needed round-the-clock care in a specialist hospital unit that is now her home.

In the blink of an eye, my life and the lives of our daughters were completely turned upside down

Grants to cover essential daily living costs

A fellow lodge member encouraged Mark to talk to his almoner, who was there to listen and offer advice. Mark explained that he and his family were struggling financially as a result and suggested that he apply to the MCF. Together, they put together an application, and the MCF offered help to cover the household bills.

A few months later, the back doors to the family’s house developed a mould problem and Mark struggled to find the money to deal with the repairs and pay for the bills. He turned to the MCF again for support, and a grant was provided to cover the cost of the repairs.

Grants to cover travel expenses

As well as support with household costs, the MCF also offers travel grants so that Mark, Ella and Grace can visit Jacqui in hospital.

We go every week, and it is particularly important for the girls. Visiting will always be an emotional struggle, but I have got good friends to support me and my family.


The support from the MCF has been ten out of ten, there is no shadow of a doubt. Talking about my situation definitely helped the most. Once you start talking about what is going on, the support is there. I feel like they’ve got my back and my daughters’ backs. It’s not just the money, it’s the sense of family.

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