On a cold and frosty Saturday morning Mrs Yolanda McClintock and I set off to the University of Ulster Dining Room complex just off the Cromore Road in Coleraine to attend the presentation of charity cheques by the Cary and Dunluce Masonic Charity Committee. We were met in the Dining Area by Ms Anne Rodgers of Mount Charles Catering, who got us seated and brought us over tea mince pies and a selection of Christmas cake, to get us settled and relaxed, before the Presentations began.
This year’s Chairman, Wor Bro Robert Rice was looking resplendent as he greeted all present in his official Cary and Dunluce Masonic Charity Committee Chairman’s jewel. This certainly added to the gravitas of the occasion.
Ms Sarah Breen from The Friends of The Cancer Centre Northern Ireland was presented with a cheque to the value of £ 1,150.00, and she thanked the Committee for this important donation which would go towards their ongoing works in clinical care, which ensures that anyone going through cancer has the best care available to them when they need it most. Today, Friends of the Cancer Centre funds a senior oncologist and three clinical nurse specialists, each specialising in a different cancer area. Our vision for the next 5 years is to expand this area, particularly by funding even more highly skilled and specialist nurses. We also support the work of staff on the ground through the on-going funding of vital medical equipment, ensuring that doctors and nurses have the equipment they need to diagnose and treat patients.
Our second donation was given to a group of volunteers from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust led by Liam McHugh and accompanied by Brenda Mc Clarity, Sharon Wade and Ricky Wade. They too received a cheque to the value of £ 1,150.00 from the Committee, and thanked the Brethren for their generous donation, which will be used to fund their ongoing expenditure in support of research into new life enhancing drugs. Liam was able to give us all an update on the current developmental works being launched in Ireland which has been producing very encouraging results on the quality of life enjoyed by Cystic Fibrosis sufferers.
People with cystic fibrosis should be cared for by a multidisciplinary team of specialist doctors, nurses and allied health professionals at a recognised specialist CF centre, as set out in our nationally recognised standards of care. That is why they work with NHS commissioning bodies in the four UK nations to try and make sure that everyone with cystic fibrosis is registered with a designated properly resourced specialist CF service.
Children will receive either full care from a specialist CF centre or shared care within an agreed, designated network. Due to the increasing complexity of cystic fibrosis in adulthood, full care should be delivered by a specialist CF centre. For more information on clinical care, including diagnosis, paediatric and adult care, and complications related to cystic fibrosis, please contact The Cystic Fibrosis Trust, where more information, contacts and links will be found.
Wor Bro Rice took the opportunity to thank his Committee Secretary and Treasurer for all the help and support that they had given him during his year of office. He thanked the other members of his committee for their ongoing support and thanked Ms Anne Rogers for all the help and support provided by Mount Charles Catering, both on the day of the Charity Breakfast and for the excellent refreshments that she had provided earlier this morning.