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A Heartfelt Gesture: The Lodge of St Paul’s Support of Cheltenham Open Door

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A Heartfelt Gesture: The Lodge of St Paul’s Support of Cheltenham Open Door

In a touching display of compassion and generosity, the members of the Lodge of St Paul recently paid a visit to Cheltenham Open Door, a charity dedicated to supporting the vulnerable, disadvantaged and lonely people in the community. The delegation, led by Master Scott Redpath and charity steward Martin Fowler, presented a cheque for £696 to the organisation, demonstrating the lodge’s commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of those in need.

Cheltenham Open Door has been a beacon of hope for those in need since 1992 and has expanded their operations significantly since then, as demand has grown. Their mission is to provide a welcoming space, hospitality, warmth, food and signposting to other support services. The Lodge of St Paul, recognising the profound impact of the charity’s work, decided to contribute both financial support and ongoing efforts to raise awareness and additional funds.

Scott expressed the lodge’s deep admiration for Cheltenham Open Door’s mission during the visit.

“The work being done by Cheltenham Open Door is truly remarkable, and we are delighted to be able to support such a vital organisation, and hope that our contribution will make a meaningful difference in the lives of those Cheltenham Open Door serves.”

The lodge’s charity steward, Martin Fowler, emphasised the importance of community involvement and the lodge’s commitment to charitable endeavours.

“We believe in the power of collective action and supporting organisations that make a tangible impact and Cheltenham Open Door certainly does that”.

During the visit, Scott and Martin had the opportunity to tour the facilities and witness first hand the incredible work being done. The lodge members were deeply moved by the dedication of the staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to create a warm and supportive environment for those in need.

The £696 cheque is just the beginning of their commitment to Cheltenham Open Door. Scott and Martin expressed their aspiration to raise over £1000 throughout the year through various fundraising initiatives and events. Their goal is not only to provide financial support but also to raise awareness about the challenges faced by the vulnerable population and encourage others to contribute to this noble cause. Indeed, since this visit the Lodge of St Pauls has added a further £250 after hosting a light blues club gathering from neighbouring provinces – You can read all about that visit attended by Assistant Head of Gloucestershire Freemasonry Ian Davies by clicking here.

Cheltenham Open Door’s representatives warmly received the cheque, expressing their gratitude for the support and also for the £2000 donation granted by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Gloucestershire.

As the Lodge of St Paul sets out on a mission to surpass their fundraising target, the hope is that this will inspire other Lodges to join in supporting this worthy charity. In a world where kindness and compassion can make all the difference, organisations such as Cheltenham Open Door are a very deserving recipient of our masonic charitable giving.

We thank Scott Redpath for this article and pictures.

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A Heartfelt Gesture: The Lodge of St Paul’s Support of Cheltenham Open Door