Congratulations are truly deserved for Hilary Craft, the wife of a Cheshire Mason as she is to receive an O.B.E at Buckingham Palace in the coming weeks.
In the modern age, it is highly likely that you will know or have even experienced the awful impact Cancer has on a family. For Hilary, the diagnosis came in 1998. with the support of her husband, Maurice and son Jonathan, both Area 4 Cheshire Freemasons and members of Endeavour and Astley Union Lodge No. 830, along with other family and friends, she was able to overcome the initial treatment and remained positive. This experience prompted her to form Action Against Cancer in 2011. The charity, which fundraises to support research and also help cancer patients throughout the UK, and indeed the world has raised more than £10 million since that time.
Hilary’s own turbulent experience of cancer has galvanised her to achieve remarkable feats in charitable fundraising to fight this terrible disease. She remains undeterred despite her terminal prognosis and as a result, has been rewarded by an inclusion in the New Year’s Honours List.
The money raised by Action Against Cancer is funding cutting-edge research at Imperial College London and the University of Sussex. This often provides the initial support required to begin a novel area of study for which there is extremely limited funding elsewhere.
Hilary believes that in order to find much needed improved diagnostics and treatments for cancer patients, informed risks should be taken to pursue new ideas where there is a good rationale for proposed research. This approach has proven to be effective, with numerous breakthroughs made in the last seven years and with the data established in these projects, the scientists have often been able to secure further funding from other areas.
The attitude Hilary has taken in helping raise money in this area is well in keeping with the true masonic principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. Upon receiving the honour, Hilary said “I feel so humble to have been honoured with the award of the OBE and am so grateful for all the support from Maurice, Jonathan and all my family and friends who have made Action Against Cancer the charity it is today.”
Further information about the work Action Against Cancer carries out can be found at their website; www.aacancer.org.