The Wyggeston Lodge of Freemasons, which meet in Leicester, together with the Leicestershire and Rutland Masonic Charity Association have generously donated £2,112 to the Harley Staples Cancer Trust to provide a years rent for ‘Harley’s Caravan’ allowing families with children suffering from cancer to spend quality time together at the seaside and away from hospital.
The Harley Staples Cancer Trust, based in Blaby, Leicestershire, was set up by parents Jamie and Katherine Staples in loving memory of their inspirational boy Harley who at just 8 years old lost his battle with a rare leukaemia, B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia Burkitt type, in 2009.
The aim of the trust is to put a smile on the face of any child or young person with cancer and help to create memories for these children and their families to cherish forever. They are currently fundraising to buy a holiday house in rural Leicestershire for children and young people to use for free all year round. Additionally, they provide free holidays for children and young people up to the age of 24 at their brand new caravan based at Ivy Farm Holiday Park, Overstrand, Norfolk. Families can take a holiday for a week between March and October which is in easy reach of the coast.
The donation was presented to Jamie Staples at an Award Ceremony held at Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester on Saturday 26th September 2015 by members of the Lodge, including WBro Dipak Chauhan (Charity Steward), Bro Paul Bodycot (Senior Warden), WBro Kelvin Johnson, and Head of the Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons, RWBro David Hagger.
Upon receiving the donation, Jamie Staples said “A massive thank you to all the Freemasons for this donation which will cover the ground rent for Harley’s Caravan next year. We have had 25 families stay in it this year and we now don’t have to worry about the rent for next year as it is now sorted.’
The Master of the Wyggeston Lodge, Jamie Mollart, said “We think it is a great cause and that they should be very proud of everything they have achieved. It’s incredible and generous what they’re doing in the face of their personal tragedy and they are an example of how you can turn something so awful into something positive.”