The Solway Group of Masonic Lodges have donated £2,085 to Fletchers Fund, a charity supporting children with cancer and their families. The money will provide either 208 bags of arts and crafts, which are given to children with cancer in the paediatric oncology wards, or 20 memory making grants, which families can use on days out and activities.
Fletchers Fund is a small, local charity founded in memory of Lee and Leannes son, Fletcher, who sadly died of cancer in 2017, just before his second birthday. The charity is Fletchers legacy – a hope to give other families a little bit of the joy that Fletcher brought to us
On Saturday 27th March, Leanne and Lee Fisher met with Ashley Bell, Chris Henderson and the group chairman – Richard Benn at Dalston for a socially distanced presentation of the cheque. The Freemasons donate millions of pounds to charities and good causes throughout the year, contributing £42m to various charities in 2019 alone. As well as significant monetary contributions, in 2018 they undertook close to 20 million hours’ worth of volunteer work.
2020 was a tough year for Fletchers Fund. A year booked full of fundraisers and events looked set to continue the mission of helping 10,000 children with cancer create memories and fun whilst undergoing stressful treatment. However, lockdown hit the UK, meaning a significant loss of revenue from having to cancel events. Whilst Leanne and Lee have been working tirelessly to continue Fletchers legacy with online fundraising, it cannot be underestimated how vital donations like the one from the Freemasons are to helping families create these memories.
Pictured: Lee and Leanne Fisher receiving the cheque from Richard Benn, Ashley Bell and Chris Henderson
Article submitted by Leanne Fisher, Founder of ‘Fletcher’s Fund’