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£¼million grant makes Parkinson’s drop-in café possible

Above (left to right): W Bro Philip Bullock, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Wiltshire, Neil Smart, Regional Manager, Parkinson’s UK, Jayne Dunn, Information Manager, Parkinson’s UK, W Bro Jack Drewitt BEM, Concord Lodge, who suffers with Parkinson’s, W Bro Michael Wilson, Worshipful Master, Clarendon Lodge and W Bro Colin Cheshire OBE, Secretary, Concord Lodge,

In April, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master and a number of Wiltshire Masons went to the launch event of the Parkinson’s Cafe at Palmers Garden Centre in Trowbridge.

This important new initiative by Parkinson’s UK has been made possible through a £250,000 grant they received from the Freemason’s Grand Charity in 2011; Parkinson’s UK allocated £45,000 for use in the south-west and the Trowbridge Drop-In Café is one of the outcomes.

The Drop-In Cafe meets 2.30 - 3.30pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month and offers information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers.

Teddies for Loving Care - making a difference

When 2½ year old Charlotte, the grand daughter of David Clover of St.Aldhelm Lodge, recently slipped on a grassy slope and fractured her femur she was in great pain and taken to Salisbury District Hospital.

Charlotte’s mother told Across the Plain, “Lottie’s teddy bear was ex- tremely well received. It’s a bit of a blur as we were all in shock but I think she was given it quite early on; we were in A&E in a special childrens’ room waiting to stabilise her and give her some painkillers.

I think it is a wonderful idea as when you arrive in hospital in an emergency you don’t have anything with you to comfort a child. She was also very distressed about having any pain relief so being able to distract her with the teddy and play a game with it really helped.

The teddy sat at the end of her bed throughout her three weeks in hospital and even came with her for the many x-rays we went to have.”.

Charlotte is now recovered from her trauma but there are other children who are in need of a teddy when they fi nd themselves in a similar situation. Please continue to support this worthwhile cause .


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