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Robert’s Story


When Robert was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer, he worried about what would happen to his family

Robert, a Freemason, first turned to us for financial help following a medical diagnosis.

“Immediately after I was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer, I was admitted to hospital for treatment. We’ve always been a month-to-month family and, being self-employed, I was worried how we would pay that month’s bills.”

Robert’s brother and Lodge Almoner got in touch with the MCF on his behalf. The MCF provided an emergency grant to cover the next two mortgage payments as well as offering longer term support with daily living expenses. “This instantly lifted a huge weight from my shoulders.”

It was only after Robert returned home that a representative of the MCF visited him and he realised additional support was available for his children.

The MCF now provides termly grants to support Robert’s two step-children who are studying for their GCSEs, and his daughter who is studying sociology at university.

All three are doing well and it’s reassuring to know that whatever happens to me, support for all three children will continue for as long as they are in education.

Sadly, Robert passed away last year but we will continue to support his family for as long as they need us.

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