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It’s a tradition that at the end of the Masonic meeting season many lodges hold a “Ladies Night” to thank long suffering wives and girlfriends for their support. Traditionally the Wife of the retiring Master of the lodge hosts the night and nominates a charity to benefit from the night.

After three failed COVID thwarted attempts Newton Lodge 6129 in Newton Abbot decided to have a “Virtual draw” instead and a fine sum of £1050 was raised.

Thanks go to the “Moorland Hotel” for return of deposits and many local businesses who donated prizes.

Liz Ashby and husband Bob were invited to meet a few of the staff at the unit and present a cheque.

Ricky Grant Unit receives £1050

Photo: Ruth Allison (Manager) accepts the cheque from Liz Ashby with retiring Master Bob Ashby behind, kneeling front right is Shelly Weston (Cancer services PA), surrounded by other staff from the unit.

Liz Ashby Commented:

“I was delighted to be able to nominate as my chosen Ladies Night Charity, The Ricky Grant Unit at Torbay Hospital which is a haematology/oncology day centre providing chemotherapy and other associated treatments, plus education and advice on an outpatient basis.

Anything I can do to show my appreciation for this local facility which I, and many others have needed and may continue to need, I hope will be worthwhile”.

Shelly Weston from the unit said:

“One of our fundraising initiatives is for cooled skull caps which helps reduce hair loss in patients undergoing treatment, we aim to purchase two at a cost of £28K, and this donation is very welcome”.

Bro Alec Collyer MBE
Provincial Press Officer