When Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton dropped into the Marie Curie Hospice in Woolton to hand over a cheque from the Freemason’s Grand Charity for the value of £5,349, he was surprised to find that one of the fund-raisers recognised him. Her dad is a member of one of the lodges where Kevin is a member.
Whilst attempting to take photographs, Kevin was again surprised with a pleasant interruption; that of a lady pushing her mother in a wheelchair who asked enquiringly: “What was going on?” Kevin explained that he was delivering a cheque on behalf of the local Freemasons and the Freemasons’ Grand Charity in support of all the good works that Marie Curie Hospice do for their residents.
He was once again surprised when the lady’s mother, Mrs Mayomi Kingston mentioned that she too was a Freemason and a past master of King David Lodge of Lady Freemasons and an ex-head teacher of King David’s School at Childwall.
A lengthy conversation then ensued about the early days in Freemasonry and then both Mayomi and Kevin went about their duties to educate the present company and convinced them what a wonderful organisation Freemasonry was, which was accepted and acclaimed by all present, even by the passing visitors who briefly became bystanders.
So surprises all round, but none bigger than that magnificent cheque, which will without doubt make a difference to someone’s life. As the story illustrates, we all know someone who has been associated with Marie Curie who rely on donations to offer specialist care for people living with a terminal illness and support for families, completely free.
The in-patient unit has 30 beds and they have a fully equipped day service department and some services are offered in patients’ homes. If you would like to know more, the website is https://www.mariecurie.org.uk