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per mare blood bikesAt a dinner and dance which in masonic circles is known as a ladies night was held just before the coronavirus stopped us all meeting up in public, Per Mare Per Terram Lodge, the Royal Marine Lodge that meets in Exmouth raised £500 in aid of the Devonshire Blood Bikes, also called the Devon Freewheelers.

The Families and friends were entertained in the Sergeant’s Mess at the Royal Marine Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, a building full of Royal Marine history and historical artefacts, somewhere normally inaccessible to non-military personnel, all those present agreed that it was an incredible evening only enhanced by the privilege of being entertained in such unusual surroundings.

Devon Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service (also known as the Devon Blood Bikes) are a team of volunteer GMP trained Riders and GMP trained Drivers, Call Handlers and Fundraisers who are dedicated to providing a 24 hrs a day 7 days a week service, supporting the NHS in delivering essential whole blood, blood & other medical samples, medication, patient notes, medical equipment, tissue samples and donor breast milk to hospitals, air ambulances and other NHS establishments and even to patients homes throughout Devon. The Freewheelers are a charitable organisation totally reliant on donations from the public such as the one given by the members of Per Mare Per Terram Masonic Lodge.

The Worshipful Master of Per Mare Per Terram Capt. M.J.C. Thrift R.M. was accompanied by Bro. R.M. Henderson R.M. when presenting the cheque to J. Robinson R.M. one of the volunteer riders who received it on behalf of the Devon Freewheelers, he thanked them for their very generous donation saying that it would go a long way towards keeping them on the road in the future.