Rugby Freemason’s legacy helps the Friends of St Cross

Trustees of the Friends of St Cross with members from Rokeby Lodge
Trustees of the Friends of St Cross with members from Rokeby Lodge

When the late Ken Chandler left a £5,000 legacy to his Freemason lodge – the Rokeby Lodge – it was with instructions that the lodge distributed the funds to good causes.

Mr Chandler, who died last year, was a Freemason for 50 years and left the money for the lodge to continue his passion for charitable work.

And one of the needy causes in Rugby to benefit was the Diamond Jubilee Appeal set up by the Friends of St Cross.

Bill Ridley, who has been a member of the Rokeby Lodge for more than 50 years and is the longest serving member of the lodge, presented the friends group with a cheque for £1,000.

The presentation party included Mr Chandler’s daughter Elaine, who travelled from Paris for the presentation.

She said: “My father would have been delighted to hear about the Friends’ Diamond Jubilee Appeal and the project to relocate the Blood Taking Service.

“I am also very pleased that his legacy is being put to such good use.”

Willy Goldschmidt, vice-chairman of the Friends of St Cross, said: “Over the years approximately half of the Friends’ income has come from legacies and it is great to hear of the pleasure that this gift has given to Ken Chandler’s daughter Elaine.”

The appeal aims to raise at least £60,000 to commemorate 60 years of service and to underwrite a major project to upgrade the phlebotomy (blood taking) service at the hospital.