Local Freemasons support life-saving campaign

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In this country, Prostate Cancer claims a new victim every 45 minutes, it is the number 1 cancer in men, with 1 in 8 over the age of 50 being diagnosed, a figure which rises to as much as 1 in 4 in the black community. It has overtaken breast cancer as the third deadliest form of the disease after lung and bowel cancer.

Ms. Jyoti Shah, Macmillan Consultant Urological Surgeon with University Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust, along with Mrs. Sarah Minns, specialist Macmillan Nurse, operate an innovative health campaign designed to raise awareness of Prostate Cancer and alleviate the ‘fear factor’ of being screened. The ‘Inspire Health: Fighting Prostate Cancer’ campaign, which has been running since early 2016, enables men to seek advice and get screened by visiting a ‘pop-up’ clinic in venues based within local communities across the region where they feel more comfortable and which are easily accessible. There is no charge to attend a screening event, costs are covered by donations and fundraising.

Last Friday evening (5th April 2019) Nottinghamshire Freemasons hosted a special evening at their HQ in Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, in recognition and support of the life-saving work carried out by Ms. Shah and Mrs. Minns, both of whom were in attendance. The leader of Freemasonry in Nottinghamshire, Philip Marshall, his wife Ann, along with other Masonic leaders, their spouses and partners, VIPs from Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, and rank and file Masons and their spouses and partners, gathered in support of this life-saving campaign.

Whilst handing over a cheque for £8,000 to Ms. Shah and Mrs. Minns, Philip Marshall said: “Nottinghamshire Freemasons are proud to be associated with this campaign which, though based in Derbyshire, benefits the male population of Nottinghamshire where several screening sessions have taken place”. Ms. Shah and Mrs. Minns were also presented with two other cheques, each for £1,000, from Richard Gutteridge (leader of the Holy Royal Arch) and Peter Ball (leader of the Mark Degree).

Also in attendance at the event were volunteers from Derbyshire Blood Bikes (co-ordinator, Mark Vallis) and Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes (Jim McRury); the former being presented with a cheque for £1,000 and the latter £500. Mark personally delivers blood samples from the screening sessions (wherever in the UK) to the lab at Queens Hospital, Burton, on a twice-daily basis. The Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes provide a free transportation service to the National Health Service.