The Wyggeston Lodge No.3448, through the generosity of their members, have donated £1,000 shared equally between two local charities: Menphys and the Breast Care Centre, Glenfield Hospital at a special event held at Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester on Saturday 4th February 2017.
During his year as Master, W.Bro. Paul Bodycot, wished to concentrate fundraising efforts on two charities that have supported his family.
The Breast Care Centre is a purpose built unit at the Glenfield Hospital which brings together the specialist staff needed to provide the majority of all breast care services for the people of Leicestershire.
It was opened in 1999 and has four mammography rooms, three film reading rooms, three processing rooms, three ultrasound rooms and five clinic suites. During the last year, 850 women in Leicestershire were diagnosed and treated by a dedicated multidisciplinary team of staff that specialise in breast disease at the Breast Care Centre
The Centre is also home to the static breast screening unit and acts as a base for the breast screening services. From here 150,000, 50 to 70 year old women from the whole of Leicestershire receive their breast screening invitations.
The donation to the Breast Care Centre from the Lodge was matched by the Leicestershire and Rutland Masonic Charity Association bringing the total to £1,000.
Amanda Gibby, Breast Imaging & Screening Programme Manager for Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “I would like to thank the Wyggeston Lodge for choosing the Breast Care Centre. We are currently looking to expand the Centre as its quite cramped. These funds will go to the Expansion Project.”
Menphys was founded in 1969 to support children and young people with disabilities and their families in Leicestershire.
It provides a range of services including supporting and enhancing the provision at specialist nurseries in Wigston and Burbage. The Menphys Special Outreach Service supports children and young people aged 0 – 19 and their families and the Buddy Scheme offers friendship and activities to children and young people whilst providing a short break for parents/carers. Finally, Menphys also provides Saturday clubs offering a wide range of sport and leisure activities in conjunction with Menphys Sport, Play and Leisure.
Laura Jeffs, Executive Headteacher at the Menphys Centre in Wigston, said: “This really generous donation from the Wyggeston Lodge is going towards our bathroom and changing room improvements. For our young children it is an essential life skill to become toilet trained and independent and develop all those self-help skills. It is a really important project for us and we appreciate the generosity of the Lodge.”