Kind-hearted donation from lodge

Emblem Lodge members (from left) Ramesh Gandhi, Charlie''Cairoli, Peter Smith and John Jelly have donated �1,000 to Blue Skies ''Hospitals Fund's Heart of Gold Charitable Fund. Also pictured is Cardiac ''Staff Nurse Mary Ronson.
Emblem Lodge members (from left) Ramesh Gandhi, Charlie''Cairoli, Peter Smith and John Jelly have donated �1,000 to Blue Skies ''Hospitals Fund's Heart of Gold Charitable Fund. Also pictured is Cardiac ''Staff Nurse Mary Ronson.
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Blackpool’s Masonic Lodge has been thanked after making a four-figure donation to the Lancashire Cardiac Centre.

The Emblem Lodge, based on Adelaide Street, Blackpool, has donated £1,000 to Blue Skies Hospitals Fund’s Heart of Gold Charitable Fund, which supports the work of the Cardiac Centre, based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

The money was raised through various social events last year.

The Masonic movement raises money for several charitable causes, and the Emblem Lodge chose Heart of Gold as just one of its many beneficiaries.

It is particularly significant to member John Jelly, who was treated at the Cardiac Centre after suffering an aneurism in 2012.

Charity Steward Peter Smith said: “Fund-raising is what we do as Masons, and apart from the National Lottery, our movement is the biggest fund-raiser in the country.

“We are pleased to have been able to donate this money to Blue Skies’ Heart of Gold Charitable Fund for use to support the Lancashire Cardiac Centre.”

Head of Fund-raising Amanda Bennett said: “We are thrilled to receive this money from Emblem Lodge, which will be used to enhance the care our cardiac patients receive.

“Our thanks go to all members of the Lodge for choosing to support our Heart of Gold Charitable Fund.”