South Cheshire Masonic Golf Association are to hold its next competition on Wednesday 28th June, following which they will be presenting an Electric Powered Wheelchair to a young recipient from Shropshire, this wheelchair being the 50th they have raised funds for – a remarkable milestone.
The day will commence with a Bacon Bap and Tee off times from 11am. After a day on the course, there follows a ‘golfers dinner’ of Steak Pie and Chips followed by the wheelchair presentation at approx. 7pm. Prize giving for the day’s competition will also follow including the Ted Barker Memorial trophy.
The presentation will be attended by three APGM’s, WBRo Gary Horstman, WBro Adrian Davies and WBro George Mann who along with the SCMGS Captain WBro Mike Gilder will present the wheelchair to Kean Hope, a young chap who suffers from Cerebral Palsy and has undergone treatment for cancer since the age of 5.
The association was started in 1976 and since that time Golf Competitions and member celebrations have continued uninterrupted. The society seeks children who fall outside of the welfare system and who are in genuine need. The chairs provided by the SCMGS are ‘Prescription Wheelchairs’ and are bespoke tailored fitted to the individual user.
The prescription wheelchairs start in price at £3800 for a basic chair, increasing depending on the requirements of the recipient. The life of the chair is usually a minimum of five years. This particular wheelchair will cost circa £8,500 bringing the combined amount the Society has so far funded towards powered wheel to be in excess of £200,000.
The Association, up until 2017 operated without any help, raising funding from its members, and money gifts from Cheshire Provincial Charities and Lodge gifts that underpinned the society to continue the wonderful scheme, moving towards 2018, the SCMGS will be able to collaborate with another Charity in Cheshire being the Steve Morgan Foundation. The collaboration will enable more children are reached.
If any reader would like to join the Association, golf is immaterial. Simply donate £10 and put personal details on a form which can be obtained from Hon. Sec. WBro Noel Martin and enjoy the fun email Noel at: firstname.lastname@example.org