Freemasons support Parkinson’s Disease research

Sir David Trippier, right, head of East Lancashire Freemasons, presents a cheque for �90,000 to Teresa Forgione, head of Philanthropy at Parkinson's UK, with Prof Shaheen Hamdy, left.
Sir David Trippier, right, head of East Lancashire Freemasons, presents a cheque for �90,000 to Teresa Forgione, head of Philanthropy at Parkinson's UK, with Prof Shaheen Hamdy, left.

Freemasons at Clitheroe supported a fund-raising effort that raised £90,000 for research into Parkinson’s Disease. The 4,500 Freemasons in East Lancashire were invited to vote for their favourite charities and chose Parkinson’s research, along with the British Heart Foundation, the Macular Society and Cancer Research.

The Provincial Grand Master of East Lancashire, former Government Minister Sir David Trippier (right), presented a cheque for £90,00 to Teresa Forgione, of Parkinson’s UK, with Prof. Shaheen Hamdy at the University of Manchester. Prof. Hamdy is specialising in how Parkinson’s sufferers risk choking at every meal because of difficulty in swallowing. The donation was provided by the Freemasons’ health and care charity, the Masonic Samaritan Fund, which decided to celebrate its Silver Jubilee by awarding £1,125,000 towards medical research.

Masons also donated £30,000 for Cumbria flood relief.