Pendlebury Lodge No 8177 welcomed Ezra McGowan to their regular meeting held at Swinton Masonic Hall. The purpose of his attendance was to present him with a cheque for his charity.
The meeting was also attended by APGM John Hutton, Eccles Group Chairman Dave Walmsley and Eccles Group Secretary Patrick Walsh.
Ezra, who is the South Eastern Group membership officer and a member of Hand and Heart Lodge No 4109, was invited to speak about the charity that he and his brother, Nathan, are founder members.
The charity, the ‘Forget Me Not Trust’ started when Ezra and Nathan started handing out crisis packs to the homeless from a burger van two years ago. Since then the charity has gone from strength to strength and relies purely on donations.
The work involves Ezra, Nathan and volunteers going out and providing essential services to the homeless in various places in the UK, mainly London, Manchester and Peterborough.
The charity provides clothing for the homeless, where they supply warm clothes for those who have to sleep on the streets, in shop doorways or under motorway bridges, this helps them survive the winter.
They feed the homeless by going to various places in the UK, mainly to make sure the homeless get a warm meal and drink inside them for the evening.
They provide essential support for the homeless who are our most vulnerable members of society. The Forget Me Not Trust, make sure that their basic essential needs such as food, hot drinks, clothing and bedding are provided.
At the conclusion of his presentation, the Charity steward Craig Russell, presented Ezra with a cheque in the sum of £300 on behalf of the lodge from the proceeds of the lodge Christmas social.
Ezra thanked the lodge for their kind donation which will be suitably applied for the purposes of the homeless. John Hutton thanked Ezra for the great work that he and his brother Nathan, carry out for this worthy cause.
All retired to enjoy the festive board.
Article and photos by Tom Fredrickson.