In 1967, John Price, a Freemason from Henley, faced a life-changing motor accident in Shropshire. Medical experts were uncertain if he’d retain his vision. Fortunately, they managed to preserve sight in one of his eyes. This experience ignited a deep appreciation within Price, leading him to support the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association for over half a century. Over these years, his contributions have facilitated the training of numerous guide dogs, assisting those with visual impairments.
Celebrating his 50-year membership with the Regattas Lodge in Henley, Price decided to make a substantial donation to the Guide Dogs for the Blind. This gesture was further amplified by the Oxfordshire Provincial Grand Lodge of Freemasons to honor Price’s dedication.
Price expressed his gratitude for the fortune he had years ago and emphasized the importance of charity within the Freemason community. He highlighted that all masonic donations come from member contributions, with annual grants amounting to £5.5 million, benefiting various societal causes.
The donation was presented to Anica Zeyen, a representative from Guide Dogs for the Blind, by Peter Jones, a senior Freemason, at the Henley Masonic Centre. Zeyen, accompanied by her guide dog Lassie, expressed the organization’s mission to empower visually impaired individuals to lead fulfilling lives. The charity not only trains guide dogs but also offers support like the My Sighted Guide program and provides resources to young adults and children.
Featured in the photo are Huw Shooter, John Price, Lassie, Anica Zeyen, and Peter Jones.