The Lodge of St Martin in Caerphilly is a member of the Provincial Grand Lodge of South Wales. As with other Masonic Lodges, there is a focus on helping and supporting local communities and charities.
Each year, the Worshipful Master of the Lodge of St Martin selects a charity to support through the annual Spring Ball. The Worshipful Master for 2022-23 was Phil Davies and he selected Marie Curie and the Tŷ Hafan Dads and Uncles taking on their next challenge – the #BikeBoatBoot. On the #BikeBoatBoot challenge (27-30 June 2024), the team will cycle, hike and kayak the length of Wales (over 200 miles) in just 4 days.
Phil is an old friend of one of the Tŷ Hafan Dads, Paul Fears. Phil and Paul have been good friends for over 40 years, from their time at cubs and scouts up until leaving school. Phil and Paul are linked on Facebook and Phil was enthralled by the stories of the #5in55 and #10nTaff challenges.
When Paul’s son Greg passed away in February 2023, Phil decided that he wanted to show support for Paul and the Dads and Uncles taking on the challenges for Tŷ Hafan. Over 70 people attended the Spring dinner and dance with entertainment from Lee Gilbert. Raffles and donations at the event were split between the cancer charity Marie Curie and the Dads and Uncles Tŷ Hafan Challenge.
Paul and the other #BikeBoatBoot team members want to thank Phil and the Lodge of St Martin. Without such support taking on the challenges for Tŷ Hafan would not be possible. And the money raised ensures that families like Paul receive the special care and support needed when losing a child and for families living with a child who has a life-limiting illness.
You can sponsor the Dads and Uncles taking on the #BikeBoatBoot challenge for Tŷ Hafan by donating on their Just Giving page.