Freemasons donate £6k to air ambulance

Concordia Freemasons Lodge donate to Thames Valley Air Ambulance - from left, Oliver Hawksley (doctor), Beverley Hewitt, Andy Colledge (paramedic) and Simon Shirley (Master of Concordia Lodge).
Concordia Freemasons Lodge donate to Thames Valley Air Ambulance - from left, Oliver Hawksley (doctor), Beverley Hewitt, Andy Colledge (paramedic) and Simon Shirley (Master of Concordia Lodge).

The Thames Valley Air Ambulance (TVAA) has received cheques totalling £6,000 from the Master of Concordia Freemasons’ Lodge, Simon Shirley, and his partner Beverley Hewitt.

Concordia Lodge is over a hundred years old and meets at the Masonic Centre in Aylesbury. The money was partly raised by Simon and Beverley during their Ladies Night, held at The Oxfordshire Golf Club in February and partly donated by the Freemasons’ Grand Lodge.

On a very blustery and damp afternoon Bekki James, Corporate Fundraising Manager for the TVAA, was at RAF Benson to welcome Simon, Beverley and Ron King, who represented the Grand Lodge. Bekki explained the work of the Air Ambulance and showed them around the facilities and aircraft. They were then able to chat to Oliver Hawksley (doctor) and Andy Colledge (paramedic) who had just returned from a call to a young child with serious health

problems. They explained that having stabilised the child they had been able to take him swiftly to hospital, where he could be cared for by the specialist paediatric team.

Bekki said: “Last year TVAA completed over 675 life-saving missions. They varied from serious road traffic accidents to sporting incidents and, as with today’s call out, responding to seriously ill people of all ages, to deliver a unique life-saving service to patients, where and when it is most needed.

We are so grateful to Buckinghamshire Freemasons and, indeed, to every person who donates to the TVAA, without whose generosity we couldn’t operate this incredibly versatile and essential service.”

Ron added: “Concordia Lodge and the Freemasons’ Grand Charity are delighted to continue our association with the TVAA and donate this money. It is just one of the many varied ways in which Buckinghamshire Freemason’s core values of friendship, integrity and charity are used to help benefit the whole community.”

More information on Bucks Freemasonry can be found at: http://www.buckspgl.org/