Northumberland Freemasons wish W.Bro David Armstrong of Seaton Delaval Lodge No.4617, which meets at Seaton Delaval Masonic Hall, all the best for his charitable leap into the unknown when he undertakes a sky dive in aid of Northumberland Teddies For Loving Care.
David, a Freemason of 26 years and the current Master of Seaton Delaval Lodge, explained “The sky dive is planned for 17th September, three days after our Lodge meeting so if anyone wants to say goodbye, that will be their opportunity!! I also hold a private pilot licence which makes jumping from a perfectly good aircraft even more ludicrous!!”
David was Installed into the Masters Chair for the first time in April this year and currently works as an Associate Lecturer in Nursing at Northumbria University. Prior to his retirement in July 2014 he worked for many years as a Senior Lecturer in nursing, and at one time practiced as an A&E nurse, prior to moving into teaching.
Running concurrent with his civilian career, he was also a member of the Army Reserve for 27 years, working with several Medical Units and was compulsory mobilized for service in 2003, serving in a field hospital in Kuwait and Iraq. His penultimate role within the reserves was as Commanding Officer, 335 Medical Evacuation Regiment.
The jump was originally paid for by his sons Mark, Peter and their families, as a 65th birthday surprise (they have a warped sense of humour), but thanks to Covid, it now coincides with his 67th birthday year.
Teddies For Loving Care provides unique cuddly bears to calm children down, reward them for being brave or to demonstrate procedures. Often the bears distract children so nurses and doctors can get their jobs done quickly and efficiently. The work of TLC is funded through the generous donations of Freemasons, their families and supporters of the programme, which you can find out more about at https://teddiesforlovingcare.org.uk/
Why not show your support for David by donating on his JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/DavidArmstrong31utm_source=Sharethis&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=DavidArmstrong31&utm_campaign=pfpemail&utm_term=767a35c2187b4f048c0511f34c18c63d.
Many thanks to W.Bro David Armstrong for the submission of this article.
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