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Freemasons fund new ambulance for Haverfordwest

3rd July 2017

A 56-thousand-pound grant, from West Wales Freemasons, has funded a new ambulance for the Haverfordwest Division of St John Cymru Wales.

The new vehicle will be used by volunteers to provide medical cover at a range of community events in the Pembrokeshire area including fetes, fun runs and agricultural shows, as well as at larger stadium events.  

The new ambulance was presented to St John Cymru Wales on Sunday 2nd July at St David’s Cathedral, as part of a Thanksgiving Service to mark the Tercentenary of the Masonic Province of West Wales.

The grant from West Wales Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons and their families from across England and Wales.

The service was attended by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards and The High Sheriff of Dyfed, Mrs Sue Balsom.

The event was attended, on behalf of St John Cymru Wales, by the Prior of the Priory for Wales, Sir Paul Williams and the Chief Executive of the charity, Keith Dunn OBE, along with volunteers from the Haverfordwest Division.

The Prior of the Priory for Wales, Sir Paul Williams, said:

"As the nation’s leading first aid charity, it is vital that our highly-trained volunteers have the right equipment to be able to provide medical cover and ultimately keep the public safe.

"We are extremely grateful to West Wales Freemasons for providing such a generous grant to ensure St John Cymru Wales can fulfill its commitments in Haverfordwest and the wider community."

Freemasonry was represented by The Past Pro Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, The Marquess of Northampton, and The Provincial Grand Master of West Wales, Stephen Hookey, along with more than 200 West Wales Freemasons, who processed to and from the service in full Masonic regalia.

The Provincial Grand Master of West Wales Freemasons, Stephen Hookey, said:

"We are very proud to be able to support St John Cymru Wales. A new ambulance will help them with their potentially life-saving work at events right across West Wales.  They are a huge asset to our community."

Chief Executive for St John Cymru Wales, Keith Dunn OBE, said:

"The Haverfordwest Division has 57 dedicated volunteers who generously devote more than 5,000 hours every year to support the public.

"In addition to providing medical cover, the ambulance can also be used at events where our volunteers can help to encourage more people to learn first aid."

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