Once upon a time, after consideration of some incidents that had occurred in the wider Masonic community, the Trustees of the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust reflected upon a potential spend of £30000 plus for the benefit of its members and all Masons, their families and friends.
The objects of the Charity are the relief of past and present Mark Master Masons of West Yorkshire and their relatives and dependents who are in distress, need or danger. Also to support such Charities, charitable Institutions and charitable purposes as the Trustees see fit.
Given the amount involved, this took time and research, in fact I recall it was on the Agenda before I retired as Chairman in 2012. It was mainly the brain child of the current Chairman, W. Bro. Andrew Wright together with our current A.P.G.M., W.Bro. Trevor Bolton who succeeded me as Chairman.
The project was the provision of Defibrillators to every Masonic Hall in the Province where a Mark Master Masons Lodge was located and this was finally accomplished when thirty four units were delivered to the Trust in September 2014 at a cost of £1000 each approx.
These were then rolled out across the Province and instructions given as to their use.
The story would end there except some two weeks ago at a meeting of the Prince of Wales Craft Lodge No. 1648 a brother was taken very seriously ill, to all outward appearance he had died of a heart attack. Fortunately the Defibrillator was put to use, the patient recovered but was taken to hospital, returning home the next day to his loved ones.
He is, understandably very grateful for the life saving equipment that was available in the Lodge rooms due to the generosity of the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust, OUR Trust Brethren and the Jewel in the Crown of this wonderful Province.
Be Very Proud.
W Bro Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.