Our Hero’s at Work
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“.
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”