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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…

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A Big Thank You!

Our Lodge meetings may be temporarily suspended, but our Charitable work goes on regardless.

Just this week we received a lovely letter of thanks from
the Calvert Trust, based in nearby Exmoor.

Calvert Trust Exmoor is a five-star accredited activity centre, located in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of Exmoor National Park. Their award-winning centre enables people with physical, learning, behavioural and sensory disabilities to experience exciting, challenging and enjoyable outdoor activities,
together with their friends and families.
They welcome guests of all ages and levels of ability.

Their letter detailed some of the pressing problems they have encountered as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic

“… we are extremely grateful for your support now more than ever to help us through this incredibly challenging period”.

“Calvert Trust Exmoor… now faces the greatest challenge to its existence through the impact of Coronavirus”.

Calvert Trust

However the Team are working hard to ensure that as soon as the current restrictions are lifted they can return to their vital and essential work

…the Trustees and key members of our staff team are working hard to ensure the continued viability of Calvert Trust Exmoor.

We are enormously proud of… the incredibly positive impact Calvert Trust Exmoor has had on the lives of so many. It is with the help of people like you that we are determined that come what may, Calvert Trust Exmoor will continue to enrich people’s lives long into the future.

Calvert Trust

Peter Kyle, our Charity Steward said…

We are delighted to support the wonderful work of the Calvert Trust and hope that our donation will go some way to ensuring a swift resumption of their day to day activities which have a positive impact on so many lives”.

Peter Kyle – Loyal Lodge of Industry No 421

To read the letter in full Click Here

For more information on the work of the Calvert Trust you can visit their website at

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Community Action: Exeter Deaf Academy.

Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education has been located in the City for over 190 years. It is a bi-lingual day and residential school which welcomes deaf children and young people, aged between 5 and 25 from across the UK.

Its aim is to give students the confidence, communication skills, education, and support network they need to achieve their goals.

The success of the academy has meant that it’s current facilities no longer meet the needs of its Students and Staff. It has therefore been decided to move to a new purpose built Campus in Exmouth. The new buildings will include a range of up to date facilities to cater for a diverse range of needs including autism, epilepsy, physical and multi-sensory disabilities.

It is hoped that construction of the new buildings will be completed later this year.

The work of the Academy first came to the attention of Devonshire Freemasons when their Leader, Provincial Grand Master Ian Kingsbury, heard a presentation at The House of Lords by Steve Morton, Director of Development for the academy.

Inspired by what he had heard, Ian returned to Devonshire determined to help those affected by this very
difficult sensory disability.

To this end, he approached the Devonshire Freemasons Benevolent Fund Committee who agreed an immediate donation of £5,000.

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Masonic Charitable Foundation

Following this initial donation in October 2018, an approach was made to the Freemasons’ central charity the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) who have agreed further funding of £28,380 to equip a Multi-Sensory Immersive Space within the new centre in Exmouth, bringing the total donated to £33,380.

Recently Devonshire Freemasons’ Chief Fundraiser, Reuben Ayres, accompanied by Clive Eden, visited the Academy. Here they met up again with Steve Morton and Appeals Manager Sarah Shaw and presented them with a certificate confirming the £28,380 which is going to support the wonderful work undertaken by the Academy.

When presenting the certificate, Reuben Ayres said:

‘Young people all need us to be there to help them grow for the future, none more so than those with a lack of hearing who are denied the normal things that we take so much for granted in the world we live in.’

Reuben Ayres, Provincial Charity Steward, Province of Devonshire

Explaining how the donation would assist in the Academy’s work, Steve Morton said:

‘We are extremely grateful for the ongoing support from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Devonshire and now the Masonic Charitable Foundation. Without the support of generous organisations like these we wouldn’t be able to change the lives of some of the most vulnerable Deaf young people in UK.

Our work helps young people, who have often been isolated in the past, to access education and opportunities for development which ultimately will enable them to have more independent lives.

The immersive room is there to help those facing the greatest challenges to benefit from our work and Ian, Reuben and their fellow Freemasons have played a large part in making that a reality.’

Steve Morton, Director of Development.

To find out more about the exiting new development at Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education

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