Northumberland Freemasons Make Up Shortfall For The Milbourne Community Defibrillator Project

23rd July 2021

The residents of Milbourne, a small rural village located about 3 miles North West of Ponteland, have reached their fundraising total after a kind donation of nearly £450, by Northumberland Freemasons, via the Richard Henry Holmes Benevolent Fund, made up the shortfall.

The residents themselves, through a number of fundraising events, raised a magnificent two thirds of the total required for a new defibrillator. This has subsequently been installed externally at MIlbourne Methodist Church, who administered the project, to serve the small village and the wider community. The project was in addition to the residents marvellous record of fundraising for a variety of other charities.

Stuart Cairns, the Secretary for the Trustees of the Richard Henry Holmes Benevolent Fund, explained “Milbourne Chapel is the place of worship for our Provincial Chaplain, W. Bro Leslie Dinning.

W. Bro Leslie explained to me that they wanted to install an external defibrillator at the Chapel which would serve both the Village and the wider outspread farming community.

The congregation at the Chapel had done a wonderful job of raising funds towards the cost of the defibrillator but they faced a shortfall.

A few phone calls later, I was delighted to inform W. Bro Leslie that the Freemasons Benevolent Fund would cover that shortfall and enable the defibrillator to be installed as quickly as possible”

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