Freemason fundraising

12th May 2018

A Lodge of Freemasons has been raising funds for Meningitis Now with a masquerade ball


Monolithos Lodge 8475 is based in Leamington Spa and each year they hold a charity night, deciding which charity to support.

This year, Worshipful Master Trevor Siddall had the honour of deciding which charity would benefit from the Lodge’s support, and chose Meningitis Now after his stepson Alex contracted meningococcal septicaemia in 1996. Thankfully, Alex made a full recovery but his parents have never forgotten the ‘terrifying experience’. Mum Lisa said, “We only wish that vaccines had been available back then, so he and others would not have had to go through this traumatic time.” 

You can read Alex's story here.

The ball was held at Alderson House in Warwick, with a total of 46 people attending. Raffle tickets were sold alongside Meningitis Now pins, and games were played including ‘Higher or Lower’ (based on the gameshow ‘Play Your Cards Right’), Guess the Movie Star, and Guess the Film competitions. 

The evening was a great success, with £66 raised from ticket sales, £452 raised from games, raffle and donations, and £95 from the sale of Meningitis Now pins.

A further £14.83 was raised from, who kindly agreed to donate 20% of mask sales from those attending the ball.

The night raised a total of £627.83 for charity. Community Fundraiser for Meningitis Now, Carrie Bater, said, “We are so grateful to Trevor, Lisa and Monolithos Lodge for their fundraising efforts - the ball sounds like it was a lot of fun!”

“A fantastic amount was raised, which will help us to continue supporting families and individuals who have been affected by meningitis. Thank you.”