East Kent Provincial News 2014

Help for Sufferers of Cystic Fibrosis

East Kent Freemason Raises £2,400 for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust


The start of the race

John Podd was installed as Worshipful Master of the Maeides Stana Lodge No 7868 in October 2014 when he announced that his nominated charity for the year was the Cystic Fibrosis Trust (CFT). John chose this charity because it is a cause that is close to his family. His niece, Amelie, suffers from Cystic Fibrosis; an inherited disease that affects over 10,000 people in the UK.

John arriving at the finishing line

After taking up running in 2013 to improve his fitness, John took part in the Faversham 10K run in September which was organised by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Initially he set out to raise £500 but, thanks to all those that sponsored him, he exceeded this target several times over.

At a Sunday lunch held by the lodge in November for the lodge widows, family members and friends, Carol Hunt, a representative from CFT, was invited to attend so that John could present her with a cheque.

The lunch, held in the Maidstone Masonic Centre, was attended by over 100 people and, as a further measure of support for John’s cause, another £500 for CFT was raised on the day bringing the total donation to £2,400. The charity will use the money to fund research into the disease and to help pay for respite relief for the parents of sufferers. Amelie is involved in the research programme so, for many reasons, the donation was particularly appropriate.

When presenting the cheque, John thanked everyone present and said: “You should all be proud of yourselves for your support“.

John handing over the cheque to Carol Hunt the CFT representative

Read more about the Cystic Fibrosis Trust at www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk