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On Saturday 13th August 2022, Graeme Haran met with Janice Forbes from the Alice House Hospice located in Wells Avenue Hartlepool, at 11:00am to present to Gemma a cheque for a magnificent amount of £671.00.



Alice House is a local Hospice that is serving the communities of Hartlepool & East Durham; previously Graeme has raised money for this hospice.



Graeme and Stephen Lancaster along with the help of their wives Sam and Tracey raised this amount with 52 guests including members of Strathearn Lodge 4965, other Lodges and friends attending their summer ball, which was held at Marine Hotel Seaton Carew, Hartlepool on June 18th 2022. This included a 3-course meal and live music from local band “Guess” followed a Raffle with lots of prizes donated by local businesses and a Closest to the bottle (Coin shove).



This event was first talked about as far back as 2019, as many younger or newer members of Strathearn lodge had not attended a summer ball or Ladies night previously to attending this night at the Marine Hotel, and had started to build up momentum from a meeting in April 2022 with Graeme and Stephen.



Just prior to this event happening, Stephen Lancaster’s daughter Charlotte had gone out of her way by visiting some local businesses trying to build up support for this event.



Cash donations were given by


  • Reactive design,(Andy Kennedy) Strathearn Lodge
  • Cranwell Motors (Nick Cavilla ) Strathearn Lodge
  • Ben Cram (Lego Ben) – Harte lodge


Businesses who donated were


  • Sensory Spot Is a shop in Hartlepool that offer sensory and educational items
  • Matteo’s (local family run restaurant in Seaton),
  • Surfside Fish and Chips,
  • Larry’s Lanes (local Bowling Alley),
  • Seaton Tandoori,
  • Ultimate tanning,
  • Lyla Bells café



Graeme asked that because the above Businesses had given towards the lodge’s summer ball, it be worth mentioning them by name.



This is a great advert to Freemasonry in Hartlepool and a fantastic donation and gesture. Well done everyone involved.



Thank you cards were given to the Local Businesses who generously donated raffle prizes and were duly appreciated

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