On Saturday 10th August, Lodge Girvan St Johns’ held their Annual Barbeque at the Lodge premises.
Over 50 brethren, family and invited guests enjoyed the event in glorious sunshine. Following a special meeting in May where Lodge St Meddans (Drummore) No 1335 carried out a First degree and the monies raised were presented to the charities at the BBQ.
Both cheques for the sum of £350 were presented by the Right Worshipful Master of the lodges involved, Bro Robert McMaster of Girvan Lodge and Bro Nigel Bailey of Drummore Lodge.
The first cheque was presented to Anna Reeve, mental health practitioner for the West of Scotland based at Hollybush House for Combat Stress.
Combat Stress is the UK’s leading military charity specialising in the care of Veterans’ mental health. Founded in 1919, their aim is to ensure that Veterans receive the right mental health care, in the right place, at the right time. They provide specialist trauma-focused treatment at three short-stay treatment centres, and practical and clinical support in the community and a 24-hour Helpline (0800 138 1619). Their work saves lives and is as vital today as it has ever been. Right now, the charity is currently supporting more than 5,000 UK Veterans with mental health problems, including 284 Veterans who have served in Afghanistan and 637 who served in Iraq. Anna Reeve who received the cheque on behalf of Combat Stress at Hollybush House said, “Combat Stress is very grateful for the support of the Lodge as we really do rely on the generosity of the public to help us to continue to support our veterans.”
The other cheque was presented to Robert Jess of the Community Action Network, Girvan (C.A.N). The charity provides a bespoke patient transport service for people residing in Girvan and the South Carrick District. The service enables people who are affected by transport issues to attend a variety of hospital and clinic appointments.
C.A.N. enables people to attend outpatient services and appointment throughout a wide geographical area incorporating Ayrshire, Glasgow and Edinburgh. It is managed and delivered by a team of volunteer co-ordinators and drivers. The service can be accessed via health professionals. Self referral is also possible through the Dalrymple Street office premises who are available to contact by telephone contact on 01465 714060. Thrift shop activity selling second hand books and Jig-saws also hand knitted baby cardigans available from the office premises.
The service is primarily delivered to elderly or infirm residents however in exceptional circumstances children and parents (e.g. cancer, serious on-going health issues) have accessed. Volunteer Drivers Receive petrol expenses and therefore suitable donation is required.