Some 20 months ago in Linton, retired fireman and Essex Freemason Les Greig lay close to death after a catastrophic fall at a cousin’s home – and only the intervention of a passer-by and a prompt response from the air ambulance made the difference between life and death.

It was still touch and go even after months of intensive care as Les lay wired up to support systems and being fed by tube, but thanks to the staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital he survived but only as a shadow of his former self. It was then that the real battle began.

Now after nearly two years - together with help from Freemasons in Saffron Walden and Cambridgeshire – Les, aged 75, has at last been able to say thank you by presenting a cheque for £2,250 to the people who he claims – gave him his life back.

The money, which was donated by Masons in both counties, was presented to the ‘Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust’ unit at Fen House, Ely, Cambridgeshire where Les was helped over a 14 week period.

It was at Fen House that Les made such massive progress, learning to walk again and to do those basic of personal tasks we all take for granted. This one to one intensive care treatment given by their dedicated staff eventually allowed him to return home and start living again with some normality and quality of life.

This fantastic amount of money raised, was presented to the Staff at Fen House where it will be used to improve local facilities for those future residents.

“I have already been helped,” said Les, “and I am so grateful for everything that was done for me. I only hope that this money will assist someone else and help bring them back to life.”

PICTURE CAPTION: Pictured from left to right

Sarah Dybiec (Occupational Therapist), Rachel Fenner (Physiotherapist), Comp. Les Greig, Roxanne Rolland (B.I.R.T. Service Manager), Lisa Thompson (Activities Co-Ordinator)