Abbey Lodge Guiding the Way
Abbey Lodge are thrilled at having a Guide Dog puppy named after the Lodge.
During his year as Master of Abbey Lodge W Bro Terry Allan chose to have Guide Dogs for the Blind as his special charity and especially the Name a Puppy scheme. Every guide dog puppy is completely unique and therefore the costs can vary; from more expensive food bills for those who need special diets, to additional veterinary care required right through to extra training time needed for some of the pups on their exciting journey with guide dogs.
Donations to Guide Dogs through the name a puppy scheme is put to use straight away helping provide independence and freedom for people living with sight loss.
Through a variety of social events including a summer BBQ and a well-attended Ladies Night the sum of £2,500 was raised to enable the naming of a puppy. The Provincial Grand Charity Steward added to this total with a donation of £500. The name chosen naturally is Abbey. The Guide Dogs charity have now informed us that a puppy has been born and will be named over the next few weeks.
W Bro Terry Allen, Master of Abbey Lodge No.432, his wife Wendy and the Lodge Almoner visited the Guide Dog centre in Leamington Spa to present the cheques to Liz Gilbert of the fundraising team.
Other donations made during the year included to Warwickshire Masonic Benevolent Fund and the 2023 Festival as well as small donations to two local (Nuneaton) charities Georgies Gift and Phoenix Post Diagnosis Support Group (Dementia)