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In May 2018 Mr Tony Pharaoh was initiated into Benfeldsyde Lodge No 7807, in the Province of Durham. Tony is a Nurse Practitioner engaged on the Front Line at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle; his wife Kathleen, is also a Nurse on the Front Line, and she works in the Out-patients Department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead.


A few weeks ago, while in their respective roles at work, they began to realise that, as their Patients were unable to receive visits from relatives, they also had their own desperate need. This was for their own toiletries, including soap, shampoo, toothpaste, sanitary pads and tissues etc.


Tony and Kathleen decided that they would try to do something about this shortage. Tony spoke to one of the Past Masters of his Lodge and outlined their thinking. The Past Master immediately made a donation to Tony and e-mailed the Members of his Lodge, encouraging them to make a donation.


Such was the success of this initiative that, after just 2 weeks, Tony and Kathleen received over £200 in donations and they had also received generous contributions from local Supermarkets. The end result of this excellent initiative is that Tony has been able to present twenty 25 litre boxes full of toiletries to the RVI, while Kathleen has presented eighteen 30 litre boxes to her hospital. This has ensured that all patients across both NHS sites can receive essential Toiletries.


Tony also collected 4 boxes of food which were donated to the Newcastle food bank in Benwell.


As Tony has only been a Mason for 2 years, this illustrates that he has taken the morals of Freemasonry very seriously and is certainly aiming to “Help those in need who are less fortunate than ourselves“.

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