On Monday 16th July 2018, Brethren and Companions from the Province of Cumberland and Westmorland joined family and friends of Russell Curwen at Kendal Masonic Hall to present a new BMW R1200RT-P blood bike in his memory. Russell sadly passed away following an incident whilst he was volunteering as a “Blood Biker” earlier in the year.
The RW Provincial Grand Master Bro. Norman James Thompson accomopanied by the Her Majesty’s Lord Leiutenant of Cumbria, Claire Hensman and over 200 brethren made the presentation of a new bike for Blood Bike North West.
The event was also attended by Mrs Pat Curwen and Mr Ken Curwen (Parents), Mrs Susan Fiddler (Sister), Mr Phil Curwen (Brother) and Mr Terry Curwen (Uncle). They were supported by members and friends of the North West Blood Bike Lancs and Lakes Charity, together with members from the Blood Bikes Cumbria Charity.
The new bike bears the name of Russell Curwen and will be used to deliver urgent supplies to hospitals within the province.
Following a short reception, during which Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant was introduced to all concern, the Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Cumberland & Westmorland, Worshipful Brother Norman James Thompson DL, gave an address in which he said;
“On behalf of the Freemasons of Cumberland and Westmorland, I am delighted to be able to present this third fully equipped motorcycle to the North West Blood Bikes Lancs & Lakes Charity. This third bike is named “Russell”, in memory of the Blood Bike Volunteer, Russell Curwen, who sadly lost his life whilst on duty with the charity. The Blood Bikers are unsung heroes, supporting the community at large and to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude. I am also delighted to announce that we will be funding the purchase of a fourth motor cycle, thus ensuring that the two Blood Bike Charities covering the County of Cumbria, have both received two new bikes funded by my members”.
“Your hospitality on Monday was second to none with an array of distinguished guests which meant the night was even more special and one that the family has been able to take comfort from at this difficult time.
On behalf of the complete Charity, I would again like to thank you for this superb donation and I can assure you it will make a tangible difference to the operation of our Charity and enable us to provide the best support possible to the NHS and the “Local Community” in South Cumbria who are the eventual recipient’s of our service”.
Submitted on 19th July 2018 by W. Bro. Andrew Moore, W. Bro Brian Ferrington & External News Sources