The award was made for services to the NHS and for charity fundraising.
This is an amazing achievement as W Bro David is only 35 and no one is more surprised than he is.
Born in Watford, David tried several jobs before embarking on a career as a Funeral Director, which is where he most likely found his empathy for people and could make the difference in the difficult situation of death.
It was during this period that he became more involved in charitable works and fundraising activities.
There had been some close family involvement with the Royal Marsden Hospital and his first endeavour was a sky dive in 2005.
More followed with a 100km (about 60 miles) trek across the Sahara Desert in 2008.
Meanwhile W Bro David became a regular volunteer with the Guidepost Trust, a Mental Health Trust in Watford working with 18 – 30 year olds.
There were other challenges on behalf of a local hospice in Watford where he walked over hot coals and also another on behalf of Shelter when he competed in a race up the 42 floors of the Nat West Tower in the City of London.
Therefore, it may come as no surprise that he was awarded the distinction of Watford Young Person of the Year Award in 2008.
Paramedic, Freemason And Romantic –
His career path headed in a different direction and in 2009 he joined the London Ambulance Service and trained as a paramedic.
Although the work was intensive, he still found time to abseil down one of the towers in Canary Wharf in support of the London Air Ambulance Service.
It was about this time that David was proposed into Freemasonry in Greenford Lodge, No. 4909.
His Proposers were Brother James Stenson and W Bro James Mooney-Dutton MetDepGOrg, who had both worked with David in the Undertakers trade.
This was in 2012 and he was Initiated on the 13th November of that year.
It was also a memorable year for another very special reason. W Bro David met his future wife, Samantha, who worked as a nurse at a central London Hospital.
Changing Roles –
Another career move beckoned in 2014 and David headed to Cambridgeshire to become a Hazardous Area Response Paramedic with the East of England Hazardous Area Response Team (HART).
This was Boys’ Own Paper territory with physically demanding challenges such as working at heights, in water and wearing breathing apparatus.
His charitable endeavours were never far away though and the Royal Marsden Hospital was again the recipient of the funds he raised.
He did three major cycle challenges; London to Cambridge, the Ride London 100 miler and the Cambridge to Norwich Ride, a distance of 77 miles.
He meanwhile found time to get married in 2016 and after a short wedding break decided to join the RAF Reserves as a paramedic.
Time was no problem for W Bro David and over a period three years he arranged Christmas toy collections for the children’s ward at his local hospital.
Samantha has shown David amazing support in all the things he does which he considers essential. He was Installed as Worshipful Master in Greenford Lodge, No. 4909 in September 2019.
The pandemic has no doubt played havoc with his year in Office and he has now been Proclaimed as Master for a further year. However, he is still very upbeat and has already worked out some of his charitable “gigs” for 2021, which will commence with a walk from London to Brighton in under 24 hours in aid of the Royal Marsden Hospital.
Calculated Risks –
W Bro David’s role in the Health Service obviously implies risks and in November 2020 he and his wife Samantha became ill with Covid 19.
Both are still on the road to recovery but feeling better.
He is a self-effacing sort of person and admits that nobody was more surprised than he was to receive news of the Award.
He said he had never set out to do anything for any particular recognition, but was extremely proud to receive the honour.
This sentiment will surely be echoed by Brethren in the Province for a job well done.
Although he has now moved to Cambridgeshire, W Bro Roy Philp, Secretary of Greenford Lodge said, “We are justly very proud of David, not only for his charity and employment duties, but also for his diligence to the Craft travelling from Cambridgeshire to Harrow for Lodge of Instruction prior to the meetings and, of course, for the meetings themselves”.
W Bro David had planned to hold the Greenford Lodge Ladies Festival in June 2020 in conjunction with Roll Call Lodge, No. 2523, which was regrettably thwarted by the pandemic. This would have been a wonderful way to pay tribute to his wife Samantha who has been a stalwart supporter in all his works.
Now that he has been Proclaimed for a further year in Office, it is hoped that the opportunity will present itself once again in 2021.
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