An Aberdeen-based charity dedicated to supporting children and young people with cancer, Team Jak, has been gifted £1,500 by two Scottish Freemason groups from Moray and Nairn and Banffshire. The charity was selected as the beneficiary by these Masonic Provinces, and representatives were invited to the Essex Masters Lodge in England.
During their visit, the team performed a traditional Scottish Masonic ceremony and received £1,000 from their English hosts for Team Jak. Steve Barker, who coordinated the event from the St John Operative Lodge No.193 in Speyside, expressed unanimous support for Team Jak, praising their work with young cancer patients across Scotland.
Following a meal, an auction of exclusive Scottish malt bottles raised an additional £500, bringing the total donation to £1,500. The funds were presented to Team Jak’s Director of Operations, Shelley Bowman, and Volunteer Jessica on July 22, to support their local efforts in Aberdeen.
Graham Felton of Essex Masters Lodge later received a heartfelt letter of gratitude from Jo McGuinness, Team Jak’s Director of Fundraising and Business Development. McGuinness expressed profound appreciation for the donation, emphasizing its impact on supporting young cancer patients in their journey to recovery.