£33k boost for cancer charity

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The father of a young girl who tragically died from a rare form of cancer gave a moving speech at a dinner where £33,000 was presented to the charity named after her.

The Provincial Grand Master of the Masonic Province of Dunbartonshire, Brother John R McCormack, welcomed more than 90 Brethren to the Masonic Temple in Dumbarton to hear about the cause named after Mr Cameron’s daughter Emma.

Despite suffering from the cancer osteosarcoma Emma continued to enjoy life to the full, sadly dying before her 12th birthday.

Her dad said he found during this tragic time that there is a lack of support for children in the latter stages of cancer.

His resolve to provide help and assistance to children with cancer and support to their families, led to the establishment of the Foundation.

With the backing of the Province, Brother McCormack was happy to endorse the charity during his term.

Members heard that with little or no administrative spend, the Foundation can use all cash raised to support its aims.

The dinner marked the culmination of more than two years’ hard work by every Lodge in the Province, with every Brother, their families and friends working to raise much needed funds for the charity.

The PGM expanded on the efforts to raise funds for the Foundation and thanked the Brethren profusely for all that had been done in collecting the magnificent sum of £33,000.

He then asked Alan Cameron to update the Brethren on the progress the charity has made in the last two years.

Brother McCormack said: “Much has been achieved in that time, with the establishment of the ‘sleep tight’ sitting service using qualified nursing staff which provides much needed overnight respite for the families of children in the latter stages of cancer.

“Our support will help in no small measure to ensure that this service will continue as a main aim of the charity.”