A party of freemasons from Durham, led by the Provincial Grand Master, John Thompson, would like to thank Sunderland City Council Mayor Mrs Dorothy Trueman for the truly kind invitation to visit City Hall on Friday 26th January. It was wonderful to see the new council’s HQ. and an opportunity to meet and support The Special Lioness charity. one of the mayor’s chosen charities for the year. The Charities Co-founder Claire Stewart and other trustees were present to meet the visiting party. The Durham Benevolence chairman John Watts indicated that they had supported the charity last year but surprised the ladies and the mayor with additional donations taking the total to £10,000.
These amazing ladies are mums of children with life limiting conditions and profound disabilities found that they had no-where to turn for honest advice for products, medical issues, and found this journey utterly lonely and exhausting. So, after meeting through a Portage sensory group, they realised that they had something to offer other families and that’s where the journey began.
Over the years, they have strived to become a social, friendly, welcoming, slightly bonkers place for parent/carers to come and share knowledge and contacts that they have built up over the years, their main goal is to not only help create strong friendships for other parent/carers but for their own children too. They have a passion for fundraising to give these families a one-off experience, filled with fun and laughter to make life-long memories, particularly as most of the children have a short life expectancy, and a belief that they should cram in as many memories as possible, while the children are well enough to experience them