Justicia Lodge supports Sebastians Action Trust

WM Barry Flood presenting cheques for Sebastians Action Trust

For most of us it might appear that having a child in the family who becomes seriously ill is a prospect placed in the furthest recesses of the mind.

But what if we were confronted with the difficulties that this might present ?

Being freemasons we meet these challenges head on, not just in respect of ourselves, but to support those for whom such a challenge is ever present.

At the recent Installation Meeting of Justicia Lodge, No. 2563 in May, the Lodge having reached the level of Vice Patron of The 2020 Festival and having chosen the Sebastians Action Trust as the Masters chosen charity to be the beneficiary of the £200 awarded from the Festival, the Lodge decided to match that £200 with the same amount from their own benevolent fund.

The aim of the Charity is essentially to support the families of seriously-ill children from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond by listening and responding to their unmet needs.

Their credo is that families of seriously-ill children should be able to have quality time together to relax, recharge and rebuild, never having to face life alone.

The service has evolved from listening to families and striving to address their unmet needs.

The focus is on finding ways to emotionally, socially and practically support individual family members, as well as the whole family unit, recognising that a young person’s complex health needs impact on each and every one in a myriad of ways.

This includes families where there is a child or young person aged from birth to19 years old with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition and also the families and individual family members who have suffered the loss of a child, sibling or grandchild.

Justicia Lodge’s Worshipful Master Barry Flood presented both cheques to the Lodge’s guest for the night, Robert Taylor of Sebastians Action Trust who was kind enough to say a few words about the Charity, its foundation and future plans. Robert thanked the lodge for their generosity on behalf of the Trust.

Further information can be found on the website.

www.sebastiansactiontrust.org

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