News round up
Old soldier’s sight improved|
“Since I had my cataract operation I can
see so much better. It is wonderful what
has been done for me, especially since
I am almost 104 years old.
“I can read my post now and some of the
newspaper. Thank you most sincerely for
funding the operation. It is like a miracle.”
A week after writing this letter to the
New Masonic Samaritan Fund (NMSF)
William Stone stood proudly at the
Cenotaph in London. Following the surgery
funded by the NMSF he was able, as part of
the ceremony, to commemorate the 90th
anniversary of the outbreak of the First
World War, to read John McCrae’s 1915
lament In Flanders Fields.
Left: Proud centurion William Stone
Stephen’s heart by-pass|
At 50 years old, and with four children,
Stephen Glenister was understandably
worried about the future when diagnosed
as being in need of a heart by-pass operation.
His fears were exacerbated by the death of
his brother to heart disease at the age of 52
less than a year earlier. Having undergone
a quadruple heart by-pass, funded by the
NMSF, Stephen is now, after three months,
back at work, walking five miles a day and
going to the gym twice a week.
In a recent letter to the Fund he said:
“I thank you all for the help that you
have given to myself and my family, and
circumstances permitting we will continue
to support the New Masonic Samaritan
Fund to the utmost of our ability in the hope
that others may benefit as I have done.”
Stephen with his father, Bro WJ Glenister, and his mother
The NMSF Gift Aid envelope
Gift Aid envelope|
The envelope-giving scheme recently
introduced by the NMSF has proved so
successful that a further print run has been
required. The scheme allows the Fund to
claim Gift Aid from the Inland Revenue
on all qualifying donations.
Gift Aid increases the value of a donation
by 28%, meaning that a £10 contribution
is worth £12.80 to the Fund. The value of
the donations is increased thanks to the
‘generosity’ of the Inland Revenue and at
no cost to the donor or the Fund.
The NMSF will supply the envelopes,
free of charge. They will be accompanied
by brief guidance notes to ensure that the
conditions set by the Inland Revenue are
fully met, albeit these are not onerous.
If you would like to make your alms
collection go even further, for very little
effort and at no cost to you, please call
the Fund on 020 7404 1550.
Making the difference
The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
(RMBI) has been providing quality care for
Freemasons and their female dependants for
over 160 years. Whilst we pride ourselves on
making a real difference to the lives of over
1,000 residents, the difference we make to
their families is also significant.
Looking after an older relative can be
wearing, especially when they suffer from
ill-health or some form of dementia. There
can be a degree of guilt attached to the act
of “putting a relative in a home”, but many
of our residents enjoy living in an RMBI
Home, with the practical and social
advantages this brings.
The following extracts from recent letters
to the RMBI illustrate the care we provide:
“My mother was treated with respect and
dignity throughout her stay. We never complained
– there was no need. The nurses, carers, caterers,
gardeners and administrators all played their part.
Nothing was too much trouble and the warmth
and friendliness we found was reassuring and
“The staff always made me feel welcome on
my visits and made me many soothing cups of tea!
I consider we were very fortunate to have such good
care for Mum in the last few years of her life.”
If you would like to visit one of our
Homes, talk to residents and staff and see
for yourself the high standard of care we
provide, please contact our Head Office
on 020 7596 2400.
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