Father hopes charity will be a silver lining after his son’s death

Hugh Mason is launching a charity in memory of his son Arthur Mason, starting with 24 hour ploughing

Hugh Mason is launching a charity in memory of his son Arthur Mason, starting with 24 hour ploughing challenge on July 8th. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A father who was determined to find a silver lining after the death of his eldest son is to set up a charity in the young farmer's memory.

Arthur Mason, who died aged 21 on his family's farm at Fincham, on the left.

Arthur Mason, who died aged 21 on his family's farm at Fincham, on the left. - Credit: Archant

Arthur Mason died at the age of 21 last summer when he was involved in a tragic accident on the family farm at Fincham, near Swaffham.

The former Langley School pupil had been a keen rugby player and his father Hugh Mason believes his son would have gone on 'to do good for others, as that was his nature'.

Now, in his honour, the charity Moth in a China Shop will be launched, and will support people directly in sport and health, principally within rugby and nutritional awareness. The aim is to help and support in areas where sport and health is not well established.

Mr Mason, 51, who runs Mr Hugh's rapeseed oil business, said: 'At the blackest moment of my life, believing there was always a silver lining in every cloud, I was looking for the silver lining in the blackest cloud of my life.


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'If Arthur had lived a full life, he would have got married, had kids and gone on to do some good for others as that was his nature. Arthur can't do that now but the silver lining of this cloud is that I would set up a charity to do the good that he would have done.'

Moth in a China Shop will be officially launched with a 24-hour ploughing challenge at Great Thornes Farm, off the A47 near Swaffham, starting at 11am on July 8 – a day before the one-year anniversary of Arthur's death.

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Mr Mason will also embark on 300-mile bike ride in aid of the cause.

The charity's name comes from a suggestion Arthur made for a strap-line for the rapeseed oil business.

Mr Mason, who has a younger son, Harold, now 20, and daughter Edith, 18, said: 'Arthur was friendly, outgoing and was a fit young man. Any parent who loses a child knows how difficult it is. And any parent who hasn't, may they remain in that happy state.'

Are you honouring the memory of a loved one? Email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk

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