When Eileen’s husband, David, died very quickly of lung cancer, the MCF stepped in to support her by giving her the chance to travel abroad among other widows of Freemasons.
Eileen and David attended a lovely trip to Eastbourne with many masonic couples, in which day trips and events were organised by the MCF. Sadly, just after the trip David was diagnosed with progressive lung cancer, and he passed away six weeks later. With their son having just moved to Germany and unable to say goodbye, it was a devastating time for everyone.
“The Grand Master of David’s lodge called me one day and asked if I wanted to go on a trip abroad that the MCF was organising,” says Eileen.
“My husband and I used to go everywhere together, so after he passed away I thought I would have no life and no friends. I knew the MCF helped with other areas of people’s lives as I saw leaflets through the post when David was alive, but after he passed I didn’t think anything of it.”
“The call really took me by surprise to be honest. I asked him if I could think about it, as my son and his wife were expecting a baby around the same time. George (The Grand Master) said of course and let me know that there would be three other widows joining the trip, which appealed to me. The holiday coincided with the year anniversary of David’s death, but the people I was with were brilliant; I had such a good time and we really enjoyed ourselves.”