Freemasons support for Chernobyl Children’s Project

Happy to help: Mark Robbie, Hollybush Manager, Margie Haslop of CCP and Rob Waton-Smith of the Isaac Walton Masonic Lodge
Happy to help: Mark Robbie, Hollybush Manager, Margie Haslop of CCP and Rob Waton-Smith of the Isaac Walton Masonic Lodge

Fundraising for next year’s Chernobyl Children’s Project visit has been launched with a donation from the Isaac Walton Masonic Lodge.  Charity Steward Rob Watson-Smith met Stafford and Stone CCP co-ordinator Margie Haslop at the Hollybush in Seighford to hand over a £200 cheque.

   “We are deeply grateful to the Masons for this donation,” said Margie. “It will pay 50% of a child’s plane ticket.”

Stafford and Stone CCP need to raise £6000 annually to fund a month’s respite holiday for 10 sick children and two accompanying adults from Belarus, the country which still bears the brunt of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

  “The donation comes from our Lodge’s fund for local small charities,” Rob explained. “While the Masons nationally are the second largest source of charity donations, we do not actually fundraise.  Our donations all come from voluntary contributions from members’ pockets.”

The Hollybush provides the CCP with a free venue for their meetings and also the meeting point for trips during the children’s visit in late July and August.