Over 30 Liverpool Masons attended the Lord Mayors Charity Ball, which was held at the Town Hall. Principal guests included the Mayor’s and Mayoress’s of Sefton, Wirral, Knowsley, St Helens and Halton. The Masons of the region were also well represented and John McKenzie, WM of Aigburth Lodge No 4103, commented that everyone had had a fantastic evening, with splendid entertainment, excellent food and brilliant company, all in support of a worthy cause. This was reiterated by Ian Turner WM of Blenheim Lodge No 7519, who also thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Hosted by the new Lord Mayor Malcolm Kennedy and his wife, the Lady Mayoress Liliana, the event raised over £3,600, which will be distributed between four chosen local charities: All Together NOW!, The Owen McVeigh Foundation, ADHD Foundation and The Choir With No Name.
The new Lord Mayor of Liverpool had chosen a former regional journalist’s newspaper as one of the official charities for his year in office. Councillor Malcolm Kennedy has lent his support to All Together NOW! which is edited by the former Liverpool Echo journalist Tom Dowling. Tom was paralysed after being shot in Iran in 1974 and the newspaper covers the health and disability sector.
The multi award-winning All Together NOW! newspaper is aimed at everyone, but especially those whose lives are affected by disability, long-term health conditions, or age. With the help of NHS Trusts, local authorities and community groups 110,000 copies are distributed across the region for free.
Also, on the Lord Mayors list was the foundation set up in memory of Owen McVeigh, who was only 11 years old when he passed away, after a short diagnosis with leukaemia. The purpose of the charity is to raise funds to help and enrich the lives of children and their families and to offer help and support to families where children are seriously ill with cancer and help in creating life memories.
Another of his chosen charities was the ADHD Foundation, based at 151 Dale Street, Liverpool, which works in partnership with individuals, families, doctors, teachers and other agencies to improving emotional wellbeing, educational attainment, behaviour and life chances. This is achieved through better understanding and self-management of ADHD, ASD and related learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, Irlen’s Syndrome, dyscalculia and Tourette’s Syndrome. The foundation also provides training for GP’s, teachers, social care agencies and other professionals, raising awareness to bring about positive change and inclusion in mental health, education and employment.
The fourth charity chosen was the magnificent ‘The Choir With No Name’, which gave a remarkable performance during the evening. This charity, besides running the choir based at Liverpool, has another choir in Birmingham and one in London. The purpose of ‘The Choir with No Name’ is to run choirs for homeless and marginalised people coming from diverse backgrounds; genders, colours and ages, in fact everyone is welcome.
The choirs sing pop, rock, soul, gospel, reggae and songs from musical theatre, but as yet have not tried any thrash metal or grime. The choir which gets together to rehearse every week (with a decent dinner at the end of rehearsal), perform regularly across the city region. It was founded on the premise that singing makes you feel good, distracts from all the nonsense in life and helps to build up confidence and abilities. The receptive audience within Liverpool Town Hall on the night can readily attest to this.
At the end of the evening, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress gave a big thank you to everyone who had supported their charity ball and also gave thanks to the compere Steve MacFarlane, Asa Murphy and his band, and Ellie Simpson at RARE. The Liverpool Freemasons and their wives, partners and friends thoroughly enjoyed the evening and are looking to return in 2019.