Freemason’s evening raises £1,000 for hospital charities

Pictured with their cheque for £1,000 are Keith and Lin Cadby with festival secretary Graham Mason. Photo: My WiSH Charity.

Freemasons have raised £1,000 for two hospital appeals following a special celebration event at Stowmarket Golf Club.

Ala Lodge held a ladies evening organised by Lin Cadby, the wife of the outgoing master Keith Cadby, with up to 70 people attending the event.

The money they raised has gone to the My WiSH Charity, which supports the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and includes the West Suffolk Hospital as well as Newmarket Hospital and community services, with the funds being directed towards the WiSH Upon a Star Children’s appeal and the Forget Me Not Dementia appeal.

Those attending the event gave voluntary donations to the charity after envelopes were provided on every table.

Lin said a ladies evening is planned every year for the outgoing master of the Stowmarket-based lodge and this year’s was the first one since the end of the Covid pandemic.

“My father had dementia so the Forget Me Not appeal was close to my heart while the WiSH Upon a Star appeal is for children.

“I was over the moon with the amount that we raised, and everybody had a good time. We had a lovely three-course meal, and the golf club were brilliant. It was a nice opportunity to do it and the people attending were very, very generous.

“Freemasons raise an awful lot of money for charity and they are great charity fundraisers.”

Tanya Fifield, fundraising officer for My WiSH, said: “Lin has done a wonderful job at making the ladies evening a success for My WiSH Charity. They have raised a fantastic amount for two of our worthy appeals.” 

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