ISSUE 21, April 2007
Editorial
Historic: Philanthropist and scientist: Sir Henry Wellcome
Travel: In Darwin's footsteps
Grand Secretary: Interview with Nigel Brown
Quarterly Communication: Speech by the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Faith and Freemasonry: A Salvationist and the Craft
Young Mason: Keep up the tradition
Freemasons' Hall: Refurbishment
Ladies Groups: Cheshire Ladies Circle
   Library and Museum: Masonry and music - the role of the organ
Specialist Lodge: A new Lodge for showmen is consecrated
Serving the community: Two Masons win major rescue awards
Spain: How a Cleveland Mason found his Spanish roots
Wales: Welsh Mason lands national sporting award
Hospices: The Craft's historic links with hospices
Ancient Craft: Herefordshire's ancient boat builder
Education: Forthcoming events and Andrew Prescott and Own free will and accord and First Universities Scheme Initiate
Masonic Charities: Latest from the four main Masonic charities
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Above
Giovannina Amato blowing a kiss


The RMBI – here to help In some cases, when someone arrives at one of the RMBI’s care homes, they can be in a very poor state of physical and mental health. But, within a few weeks of being in a caring environment and given proper nutrition and stimulation, their lives can often be transformed.
    People like Giovannina Amato for example. Gio, as she likes to be called, is 89 years old. She was living in the USA under the care of her older brother. The brother’s wife became ill and he could not manage to care for both. She did not have any money or pension as she had not lived in the UK for many years.
    Her nephew, a Surrey Freemason, stepped in. His aunt was proposed to the Board of Trustees as a special case. They agreed to her admission without funding for six months until the local authority could act. She arrived from the States absolutely petrified.
    On admission it was discovered she had multiple complex care needs, which were addressed over the first few weeks of arrival at James Terry Court in Croydon. The move to an RMBI Home has made a huge difference to her quality of life. She has settled in well and is very happy and her family in the UK are extremely pleased with her progress.
    She is now one of the RMBI’s biggest fans.
    Another RMBI resident says: “When I arrived here from hospital I had no memory or appetite. Now, after all the care and attention I have received, I feel like a normal person again.”
    If you know someone who needs our help, please call 020 7596 2400. To find out more about the work of the RMBI visit www.rmbi.org.uk Helping older people

20 Great Queen St
London wc2b 5bg
T: 020 7596 2400
Fax: 020 7404 0724
Email: enquiries@rmbi.org.uk
Web site: www.rmbi.org.uk


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