Surrey Freemasons fund specialist equipment for local children’s charity

A specialist ambulance stretcher has been donated by The Surrey Freemasons to The Children’s Trust this month. The equipment will save the charity an estimated £30,000 a year and provide children with severe disabilities more independence and opportunities to go out on trips. The Ferno stretcher was donated to the charity during an official handover earlier this month, attended by Ian Chandler, Head of Surrey Freemasonry, Freemasons Mark Watkins, Steve Dingvean and Chris Eley and Dalton Leong, Chief Executive of The Children’s Trust. Also in attendance was Angela, a child staying at The Children’s Trust who has been using the stretcher, accompanied by her mum Zarina. While demonstrating how Angela uses the stretcher, Zarina said: “Angela has Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy meaning she has to be transported to appointments, home and to community outings lying down. Before arriving at The Children’s Trust Angela had only ever travelled in private ambulances which was very clinical, and she couldn’t be with her peers. The Ferno stretcher donated by The Surrey Freemasons has changed this. It fits perfectly in the charity’s minibus so Angela can now travel to trips in comfort with other children. She has already been taken to the theatre and to Hampton Court which was very special for all of us. We can also take her home without worrying which is life-changing!” Ian Chandler, Head of Surrey Freemasonry, said: “As a group we have supported The Children’s Trust for a number of years and are delighted to have donated this fantastic piece of equipment. It was humbling for us all to see first-hand the difference the bed has made to Angela and her family.” Dalton Leong, Chief Executive of The Children’s Trust said: “We are extremely grateful for this vital piece of equipment, donated by The Surrey Freemasons. It was important to be able to welcome the Freemasons to The Children’s Trust to show the positive impact their support is making to the lives of the children and young people we help. Their generosity is truly appreciated.”

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