When John Mosely, Charity Steward of Deo Confidimus Lodge in Harlow, wanted to support newly appointed Worshipful Master Jeff Haight’s chosen charity, he recommended donating to Romford-based ‘Mitchell’s Miracles’. The lodge agreed to donate £1,000, which was then match funded by the Essex Provincial Charity Fund, bringing the total donation to £2,000.
Mitchell’s Miracles was founded in 2013 by the parents of Mitchell after he passed away in 2012 at age 7 from neuroblastoma, a difficult to diagnose childhood cancer. The early symptoms, like loss of appetite, constipation, sweating and aches, often mimic general illness, leading to missed or late diagnosis.
Compelled by their son’s battle, Mitchell’s parents started the charity with two goals: to raise awareness of neuroblastoma in the UK and provide emotional and financial assistance to families of children undergoing treatment.
Based in Romford, the organization aims to support all UK families with children suffering from neuroblastoma, by helping them manage the emotional and financial stresses. They currently assist over 50 children nationwide under age 18, but hope to expand their reach.
Community fundraiser Kim Ballinger shared, “All donations help our work supporting neuroblastoma patients and families. This contribution will allow us to assist more families when they need it most. Helping more patients reminds us we’re making a real difference.”
Chris Hicks, Provincial Charity Steward for Essex Freemasons, added, “Supporting smaller but critically important charities is key to our community mission. This marks our second time supporting Mitchell’s Miracles, and I’m certain it won’t be our last.”