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Freemasons support Spinal Research

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and the Masonic Samaritan Fund

In November 2014, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and the Masonic Samaritan Fund donated £42,000 to one of our Nathalie Rose Barr PhD Studentships at Cambridge University. The three-year project is under the supervision of Professor Roger Keynes and Professor James Fawcett and is due to be completed in September 2016.

The research team have identified a protein that switches off neuron growth in areas of bone formation. This protein helps to regulate the growth of the nervous system as it develops in juvenile animals, including humans. If they can find a way to counteract this protein in adult humans, then it may lead to a treatment that enables paralysed spinal cord injury patients’ nervous systems to self-repair – reconnecting the brain to the rest of the body and reversing the irreversible.

How the Freemasons’ Grand Charity supports Spinal Research

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has supported our work at Cambridge University since 2007, and this is the fourth grant that we have received from them bringing the total support to £91,000. They are a grant-making charity dedicated to supporting people in need, having donated more than £100 million since 1981. The charity provides grants totalling nearly £8 million each year in the areas of medical research, support for vulnerable people, youth opportunities, hospice services, air ambulances and disaster relief, as well as providing assistance to Freemasons and their dependants in financial need.

The charity is continuing a commitment to charitable support that began nearly 300 years ago in the earliest days of organised Freemasonry and is supported entirely be Freemasons and their families.

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How the Masonic Samaritan Fund supports Spinal Research

This is the first time Spinal Research has received support from the Masonic Samaritan Fund who contributed half of the grant that was awarded to our work in Cambridge, a total of £21,000, and we are delighted that they have chosen to support our work. They provide health and care grants for Freemasons’ and their dependants to receive treatment and care without undue delay or expense. They also provide grants to medical research projects which aim to improve the treatment for many of the illnesses and disabilities that effect Masonic families and the wider community.

Ian Sabin, a Masonic Samaritan Fund trustee and research committee member, explains the decision to donate to this particular project in Cambridge:

‘This charity was thought to be well worth supporting. The research will provide another piece of the

jigsaw and contribute towards the understanding of nerve-growth-blocking factors and spinal cord

regeneration. It will hopefully help to show the way forward in the development of new treatments for

spinal cord injury.’

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Provincial Grand Lodge of Cambridgeshire
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