The Freemasons of Cumbria have made a significant contribution to the Solway Aviation Museum by donating a life-saving defibrillator. Bill Bewley, the head of the Cumbria Freemasons, collaborated with Barry Kirkbride, the leader of the Mark Freemasons, to fulfill a request from the museum for such a device. Their discussion led to the joint funding of the defibrillator, which amounted to a total of £1614.
The museum, situated near Carlisle Airport, operates entirely on the goodwill of volunteers. A spokesperson for the museum expressed gratitude, noting that having a defibrillator on hand not only provides peace of mind but also the capability to offer life-saving aid to anyone on the premises or in the surrounding community.
The defibrillator has been installed in a secure box outside the museum to ensure public access even when the museum is closed. It is also fully registered with the local emergency services. The presentation of the defibrillator to the museum was made on October 26, marking a proud moment for the Freemasons as they continue to support the local community.