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Helping SHOC (Slough Homeless Our Concern) and Carers in Buckinghamshire

In September 2020 the Deputy Provincial Grand Master contacted W Bro Eddie Irwin (of Marlow Masonic Centre) to see if he would be able to assist with a project on behalf of the Province to provide  meals for Slough Homeless Our Concern (SHOC) and Carers in Buckinghamshire.

On 11th October, the evening before this was due to begin, Eddie’s sous-chef ,Josh, broke his hand and would therefore be unable to assist. A call was put out for ]assistance and In stepped W Bro Gary Fraser (Iver Lodge) and his wonderful partner Julie Robins who both very kindly said ‘we’ll see you in the morning’ and have given up every single morning since then to help.

On Christmas Day, the team were in the kitchens from 05:00 and delivered a full Christmas meal with all the trimmings, as well as meals for Bank Holiday Monday. 

The team prepared 65 freshly cooked meals daily, using fresh, locally sourced produce.  With the funding provided, they  will continue to make meals until the end of January 2021, by which time will over 4,800 meals will have been cooked including dietary requirements such as vegetarian, gluten and lactose free.

A special thank you to WB Martin Wing and Heatherton Lodge for their massive support collecting the meals from Marlow and delivering to SHOC.

In addition, Eddie and his team were contacted by WB Steve Jones (Stokenchurch Lodge) to see what they  could do for the One Can Trust.  With the help of WB Tony Martin and the Brethren of Marlow Masonic Centre, they raised over £3,000 towards this. 

With Eddie’s contacts within the catering industry he secured massively discounted produce turning this £3,000 into £6,000.  This has been a huge help to the One Can Trust who advise we have helped in excess of 4,000 families over the 3-month period.  There is one more delivery left to make in January.

Thanks go to Eddie and all those who have supported him in this fantastic endeavour.