A Mobile Cancer Care Unit, funded the Mark Benevolent Fund (MBF) for the Charity ‘Hope for Tomorrow’, has arrived at Airedale Hospital, West Yorkshire. Staff are currently being trained and it is expected that the unit will go into service in the Autumn.
This is the 7th such Unit to be funded the MBF across the UK at a cost of some £260,000 each and it is hoped that the Airedale unit will make a huge difference for patients in the north of the Province who historically have had to travel long distances to receive treatment.
The MBF also relaunched its partnership with St John Ambulance earlier this year, with a pledge to fund 52 new state of the art Ambulances and support vehicles over the next two years at a cost of over £3M. This will replace many of the Ambulances which the MBF originally provided to each Province in the year 2000.
Several Mark Masons in the Province also took part in a Charity Walk through the Royal Parks of London in 2017, which raised over £437,000 for the MBF. Much of this will be used to fund ‘Blood Bikes’ across the UK for the National Association of Blood Bikes, including one presented to Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood bikes on 17th August this year.
The MBF celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 2018, and as well as disbursing many millions of pounds to individual petitioners, has donated an even greater sum to charities in the wider community and worthy causes around the world. Other recent major grants have been to the Osteoporosis Society, the RNLI to help fund a lifeboat and to Addenbrooke’s Hospital Trust for machines to assist in the early diagnosis of prostate cancer.
Donations to the Mark Benevolent Fund can be made via the West Yorkshire 2023 MBF Festival or your regular personal giving to the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust.
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