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Dorset’s ‘Quarrymen’ deliver Christmas cheer on charity toy run

December 4, 2023

Dorset’s Chapter of the Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association took on a festive fundraising drive for hospital patients living with dementia.

Known in the local area as the ‘’Quarrymen’, this fantastic group of men held their annual Christmas Run last weekend (Sunday 26 November) for University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity.

In their ride starting from different areas in the county, the team passed by every masonic building across Dorset collecting donations from each individual lodge to go towards activities for patients on the wards at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Poole Hospital who are living with dementia.

A member of this particular Association, Tony Collins said: “This year we chose to support these particular patients because as we all know, there is no cure for dementia. A person can live well with dementia but cannot get better from it. Some people with dementia need a lot of help and others may not need any additional nursing care for a long time.”

“We wanted to help fund activities that can help prevent people living with dementia from becoming withdrawn and instead help them to feel stimulated and engaged. I am aware that almost every lodge will know a brother that is affected by this illness, whether directly themselves or indirectly through partners, parents or grandparents. It is great that we can contribute in some way to our local hospitals and their patients.”

Community Fundraiser, Janine Golding said; “What a fabulous day we had! It was amazing to see everybody getting into the festive spirit in fancy dress and going the extra mile to help provide a bit of joy to some of our patients by raising £1,310 to gift these activities to those that need them most. Thank you so much!”