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Manchester Masons visit the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital – Manchester Districts News

On 19th April, a plethora of Manchester Masons visited the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. The team was led by WBro Gordon Desser, the TLC officer for Manchester and included the Chairmen for both Sykes and Derby Districts, WBro Chris Prax and WBro David Hudson, the City Sykes Charity Steward WBro Steve Thomson and the Assistant Communications Officer for the Manchester Area, Bro Matthew Phillips.

Gordon Desser & the team giving teddies to Kieran and Lyla

The team were taken around the therapy wards and the children’s A&E department by Susan Fairclough who is the Therapeutic and Specialised Play Service Manager at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Her responsibilities are looking after a group of dedicated staff which provide activities such as arts, crafts, recreation and also distraction and participation therapies for treatments and surgeries.


Steve Thomson with Adnia, Jasmee, Opal and Kaia


The TLC teddies that the Manchester Masons purchase are given to the hospital and they probably receive over 1000 of the small teddies. The effect that these teddies bring to the children that are in hospital is massive. Each one means such a lot to them.

The money used to purchase these small teddies came partly from a donation from an ELMC Community Grant and the remainder was raised by Gordon Desser selling the larger TLC teddies. What this means is that when you see Gordon hovering around at your Lodge Meetings with a bulging holdall, please ensure that he leaves with it empty!!


Matt Phillips & Steve Thomson trying out the play area

To find out more about Freemasonry in East Lancashire you can visit their website at

Their contact details are listed below if you want to contact them directly

Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lancashire
Rossendale Masonic Hall
Ashday Lea,
Haslingden Road

Telephone: +44 (0)1223 471586 (answerphone) |

If you want to be a Freemason you must be interested in character building and morality

“Better men make a Better world.” Freemasonry stresses honour, personal responsibility and personal integrity

You should be able to commit to Monthly/bi-monthly gatherings at lodges.

Reasons to become a Freemason in East Lancashire
You want to make new friendships
You want to develop yourself
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