Mansfield Freemasons swim for Bluebell Wood

Mansfield Freemasons with Community Fundraiser Melanie Rose and nine-year-old Mollie Bates.

It all went swimmingly when members of Mansfield Lodges got together to raise an impressive £3,357 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

The 25 Freemasons from 12 different lodges in the town swam up to 20 lengths each in a fundraising swimathon at Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex. The event helped to raise funds for the charity that cares for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions in Mansfield and North Nottinghamshire and beyond.

Freemason and swimathon participant Ken Purslow said: “Each year several charities are placed before the committee for discussion, before deciding who we should help. There was overwhelming support for Bluebell Wood this year.

“Everyone who took part in the swimathon thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a family occasion, good healthy exercise and the chance to raise money for those less fortunate than ourselves. We’re aware of the tremendous work that Bluebell Wood does with families in this area, often in the most challenging circumstances, so we were only too pleased to do our bit to support its work.”

Melanie Rose, Community Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood said: “As a charity that cares for children and young adults in Mansfield and across the region, both in their own homes and at our hospice, every penny raised makes a huge difference. We’d like to say a big thank you to the Mansfield Lodges for helping our families to make more special memories together.”

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