Morden Lodge No 5722 held their annual Charity Dinner at Newcastle East Masonic Hall, Byker with the proceeds donated to the Masonic Charity of Lifelites.
Lifelites is a charity which gives life-limited and disabled children in hospices opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise have, through the magic of assistive technology
Lifelites began in 1999 as a Masonic millennium project. It is now a well-established independently registered charity and receives incredible support from the Freemasons. Many thousands of pounds have been raised to provide life-changing assistive technology to help children live their short lives to the full.
The dinner was designed for masons and their male friends and its structure was kept as close as possible to that of a masonic festive board.
The guest speakers were footballers Peter Beardsley, Liverpool & Newcastle United and Eric Gates, Ipswich Town & Sunderland, both having played at international level for England and both having played under the management of Sir Bobby Robson. The pair regaled their audience with hilarious anecdotes of their experiences on and off the pitch.
Whilst the event was organised by Morden Lodge, it was well supported by brethren from other Northumberland lodges most of who have supported the annual charity dinner since it first began in 2003.
This year, Morden lodge was generously supported by brethren from the following lodges;
Lodge Temperance No. 2557
St Peters Lodge No. 481
Lodge of Free Burgesses No.4504
Northumberland Lodge No. 685
Novocastrian Lodge No. 3361
Segedunum Lodge No. 4313
Sportsman’s Lodge No. 9823
Lodge of Swinburne No. 2680
Tyne Valley Lodge No. No. 7506 Also in attendance were W.Bro. Jeremy Aspden PAGDC of Greta Lodge No 1073 (Province Of Cumberland & Westmorland, Trustee of the Lifelites Charity. The proceeds of the evening resulted in £1000 being raised for the charity and a cheque was presented to W.Bro Aspden by W.Bro John Owens PProvSGD (Northumberland) Master of Morden lodge No 5722,