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Freemasons provide widow of former member with new wheelchair

PUBLISHED: 11:44 20 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:00 20 March 2018

Dorothy Mann in her new wheelchair, with from left, Lodge Worshipful Master Chris Spinks, daughters Julie
Ashworth and Rosemary Hepworth and Lodge Almoner Mike Lake. Photo: Richard Pryor

Dorothy Mann in her new wheelchair, with from left, Lodge Worshipful Master Chris Spinks, daughters Julie Ashworth and Rosemary Hepworth and Lodge Almoner Mike Lake. Photo: Richard Pryor

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Freemasons have provided a 94-year-old woman with a wheelchair in memory of her late husband.

Dorothy Mann, who is a resident at Halsey House care home in Cromer, is the widow of former Naval and Military Lodge member Arthur Mann.

Mr Mann had been a member of the Norwich-based lodge for 50 years prior to his death in 1998.

In his memory, the lodge provided Mrs Mann with a new wheelchair as she has difficulty walking more than a few steps.

Lodge almoner Mike Lake said: “If a member sadly passes away, the Lodge will keep in contact with the widow and offer help when necessary. This can include practical support or visiting them in hospital”.

Mrs Mann’s daughter Julie Ashworth said: “We have been borrowing a wheelchair, but mum really needed one of her own. I mentioned this to the lodge Almoner and soon afterwards he came back with the good news that they would buy one for her.”

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