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FREEMASONS SUPPORT ‘HOME FROM HOME’ FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WITH CANCER FROM THE ISLE OF WIGHT

L-R: Liz Blunt with David Reid outside Jean's House

2 of the Isle of Wight’s Freemason Lodges came together recently to fundraise for Jean’s House in Southampton.

Jean’s House is a CLIC Sargent ‘Home from Home’ that helps families whose child is being treated for cancer at Southampton Hospital. The hospital in Southampton is the nearest Principal Treatment Centre for young cancer patients from the Island, so the charity offer free accommodation close by to the hospital with their ‘Home from Home’.

George Davies, a well known member of Freemasons, let the West Wight Lodge and Ernest Moss Lodge know about how CLIC Sargent helped local families. Both Lodges applied for a donation from the Tom Langton Trust which meant that including a personal donation, the Lodges donated a total of £3,000 towards the fundraising appeal.

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David Reid, the Charity Steward from the Ernest Moss Lodge, recently visited Jean’s House. He said:

“It was a real pleasure to visit Jean’s House and to see the difference that we can make from our donation. Jean’s House has 7 bedrooms, plenty of communal space and makes such a difference to families so that they can be close by to the hospital whilst their child is being treated for cancer.

“We know that Isle of Wight families stayed in the previous “Home from Home” that was in Southampton since 1991 and that Jean’s House will prove to be a huge help to island and mainland families.”

Liz Blunt, Fundraising Engagement Manger said:

“I am so pleased that we were able to show David, Jean’s House, our new “Home from Home” which is now open for families.

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“We like to offer free accommodation as our research shows that on average a family spends £600 a month when their child has cancer. We really want to try and reduce the financial worry at such a difficult time.

“We are so grateful to Ernest Moss Lodge, West Wight Lodge and the Tom Langton Trust for their generosity. We don’t receive any government funding and the reason we have Jean’s House and can run it is because of our incredibly generous supporters.”

 If you are interested in fundraising for the CLIC Sargent Jean’s House, contact Liz Blunt on [email protected] or phone on 07944 696 858.


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