David Back Up And Running
Our PCO received a plea for assistance this week from Billingham Freemason the Rev David Youngson, who as many will know is registered Blind.
David explained that he had received support from Blind Veterans UK, in the form of IT equipment, to replace his existing dated and defective devices, but at the tender age of 82, the transfer of data between devices was well beyond his capabilities.
Blind Veterans UK helps ex-Service men and women of every generation rebuild their lives after sight loss. Since 1915 they have provided rehabilitation, training, practical advice, and emotional support to tens of thousands of blind veterans.
During COVID-19 David’s regional Blind Veterans UK support worker, based in Morpeth, was unable to make home visits which would have left him unable to use the equipment for the foreseeable future.
Local Freemasons Nick Howell along with Mark Davies agreed to visit David’s home to assist; of course, complying with the current social distancing measures to set about programming the equipment.
Along with his pastoral roles, David s hobby is in the research military archives to ensure that all Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, will never be forgotten and laid to rest in a War Grave.
With his IT equipment up and running again he can once again to continue with this passion, which has seen him personally responsible for having graves re-designated as War Graves when they have not previously been recognised by the War Graves Commission.
A delighted David and his good lady wife Eileen are now up and running and able to keep in touch with friends, relatives, and associates whilst self-isolating. As a result of the visit, they are also now linked into the Eanred Community Support Group which will be helpful if in need of additional support.
Well done to all involved, together we can make a difference.
TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”