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Devonshire Freemasons support for Chemohero

Barnstaple’s Cancer Charity, Chemohero, received a further donation this week from Devonshire Freemasons’ WAKE fund at a socially distanced presentation held at Fremington Quay on Wednesday 28th April 2021.

Co-Founders of the Charity Lisa and Rob Wallis met with our Worshipful Master John Finch and Charity Steward Peter Kyle.

Chemohero provides “Boxes of Kindness” to patients attending North Devon District Hospital’s Seamoor Unit for Chemotherapy treatment.

Over 40 different items go into a box of kindness, some have been donated, some sponsored but most have been fundraised for by the North Devon community.

Since it was founded the Charity has donated over 1500 boxes.

The Loyal Lodge of Industry’s association with the charity began when John Finch himself received just such a box while attending the the hospital in 2019.  He recalled…

 “ Your first Chemotherapy appointment can be stressful and frightening.  Receiving a box such as this reminds you that you are not alone, and that there are people who know how you feel and who are willing to help make things easier for you”.

John Finch – Worshipful Master, Loyal Lodge of Industry No. 421
Commenting on the donation Lisa said…

“We are enormously grateful to South Molton’s Freemasons for their continued support.  During the pandemic our usual fund raising activities have been severely restricted,  so donations such as this are vitally important to allow us to continue our work.  I would like to extend our sincere thanks to both the Loyal Lodge of Industry, and Devonshire Freemasons for this wonderful gift”

Lisa Wallis – Co Founder, Chemohero.
Lisa and Rob Wallis
In reply Peter Kyle said…

“We are very pleased to be able to continue with our support of the wonderful work that Chemohero do to support members of the North Devon Community at what can be a very difficult time for them.  Freemasons do not raise funds from the public.  Every donation we make has been contributed by individual Freemasons and their families to help those less fortunate than themselves.  We are continuing to work with Chemohero to explore other funding opportunities with our national charity The Masonic Charitable Foundation.”

Peter Kyle – Charity Steward, Loyal Lodge of Industry No. 421

If you would like to add your support for the fantastic job that Chemohero do for the people of North Devon, visit their website at…