Geoff’s new ray of hope
PUBLISHED: 06:30 20 January 2016
Exmouth Freemasons have helped a prostate cancer survivor achieve his dream of donating vital hospital equipment to benefit other patients battling the disease.
When Rolle Lodge became aware of the fundraising efforts of Geoff Fidler, from Exeter, who was keen to raise funds for specialist portable ultrasound equipment, the freemasons stepped in to help.
At the suggestion of Geoff’s consultant, the scanner will be based at Exmouth Hospital.
At the recent Sun Lodge No 106 annual presentation evening to non-masonic charities and organisations, Rolle Lodge members handed over £5,000 to prostate cancer survivor Geoff, who represents the First Devon and Exeter Prostate Cancer Fund.
The cash raised by Geoff will pay for a portable ultra sound scanner for trans-rectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsies.
Rolle Lodge appealed for donations from Exmouth’s Freemasons, the Provincial Holy Royal Arch and the Province of Devonshire William Alexander Kneel Endowment Fund (WAKE).
The appeal resulted in £5,000 being donated to the Prostate Cancer Fund by the Freemasons of Exmouth, the Provincial WAKE Fund and the Provincial Holy Royal Arch Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Ex Companion Simon Rowe.
Presentations to Geoff were made by Sun Lodge, Rolle Lodge, Per Mare Per Terram Lodge, Sun Chapter, Amity Lodge of MMM, Bishops Surtees Rose Croix and the Provincial Holy Royal Arch.
An Exmouth Freemasons spokesman said: “Geoff’s fundraising can only be described as exceptional and an inspiration to all of us. To have this piece of equipment at Exmouth Hospital will be so beneficial to the male population of the town and the surrounding towns and villages.”
He added: “During an emotional thank-you from Geoff, he told the audience that his initial aim was to raise £20,000 towards the equipment, but that the support he had received during his fundraising had enabled him to aim for the full cost of £45,000.
“He said that with the £5,000 he had received from the Freemasons of Exmouth, the WAKE Fund and the Holy Royal Arch, this sum has now been achieved and that the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital would be ordering the scanner shortly.”
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