Gold Geese ready to take flight into Basildon

Leigh-on-Sea charity The Gold Geese, set up in 2014 to help families with young children suffering with rare blood cancers, has received a cash boost from Southend Freemasons, money that will help the organisation expand its services across south Essex into Basildon.

A £1,000 grant donated by members of Sweyn Lodge, which meets at Saxon hall in Aviation Way, supported by the Essex Freemasons Community Fund, will enable Gold Geese to work more closely with Basildon Hospital. The charity already provides extensive support in the Southend area offering a wide range of services such as bereavement counselling, help for families as well as direct support for children suffering from Childhood cancers.

Katie Southgate from Gold Geese commented: “The charity was formed after my daughter Hattie was diagnosed with Leukaemia. She received two years of treatment with more than 40 blood transfusions. She thankfully made a full recovery and we wanted to put something back into to the community to help other families going through the same thing as us and to thank all those who had given blood and registered as stem cell donors to make it all possible.”

As well as encouraging people to give blood the charity supports families with advice and arranges events and outings for those suffering with cancers. Siblings are also included to ensure that they do not feel left out. As it has grown the charity now intends to expand its services into the Basildon area and the long-term aim is to eventually work across all of Essex in conjunction with all of the main hospitals in the county.

“This is a local charity and it does so much good work in the community that our members wanted to do something in support,” said Ian Krise, Charity Steward for Sweyn Lodge. “We are especially pleased that this money will help the charity expand to help so many others.”

In tribute to Gold Geese and their ‘V’ shaped logo showing the birds in flight, Essex Masons staged a similar socially distanced shaped picture when the money was handed over.

Lee Taylor commented afterwards: “The Gold Geese represent everything that is special about community charities which is why we as Freemasons wanted to offer our support. It does some wonderful work and it is good to see that they have plans to expand their services into Basildon and hopefully in time across all of Essex.

Pictured from left to right is Lee Taylor, Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Essex; Ian Krise, Charity Steward from Sweyn; Katie Southgate from Gold Geese; Bob Milne and David Wilson from Sweyn Lodge.