Essex Freemasons Men’s Health Day 2021

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With eighteen months of pushbacks due to the pandemic, a determined Essex Freemasons Provincial Almoner’s Team partnered with CHAPS, the Men’s Health Charity, and the NHS to hold the latest of their health check days. These events have become popular among Freemasons with their families and friends. A range of screens and tests are offered, free of charge, to determine overall personal health status and give help in seeking early treatment should any anomalies be found.

On Wednesday 27th October 2021 at Essex County Cricket Ground in Chelmsford close to 300 individual PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) tests were undertaken, 200 combined tests for heart, skin cancer and overall health, plus more than 400 attendees, with over 20% who were not Freemasons, were able to learn about a range of associated issues with health professionals on hand to assist. Of the total number of tests taken only 22 needed further investigation and the individuals concerned have been notified and the appropriate follow up is being made.

Paul Tarrant, the Provincial Grand Master (PGM) of Essex Freemasons, was one of the first to register for the event. On behalf of everyone who attended, Paul conveyed his appreciation to the Provincial Almoner’s Team for all their hard work in making sure the event took place and was so successful.

The PGM pointed out “The value of the health checks cannot be under-estimated. The work undertaken by all involved on these important days enables everyone who attends an opportunity to catch any problems early, seek treatment and move on in a positive direction. There is no doubt that these events help ensure that one year ahead some of those who attend will be in a far healthier state than had they not attended. I would urge everyone to go along whenever the opportunity is provided.”

Gary Hostler, the Provincial Grand Almoner, added: “It’s been a long time coming but I am delighted that the event has gone so well. The success of the day is inspiring and I should like to pay tribute to my Team and especially those who have worked so hard in the build-up and on the day. We must also thank everyone at CHAPS and all the healthcare professionals who partnered with us for their valuable input.”

The Essex Men’s Health Day 2021 was sponsored by the Essex Freemasons Community Fund with the cost of every PSA test at approximately £20 each being covered by the fund. The Freemasons gave over £51 million in 2020 for charitable and community work and do more than 18 million hours of volunteering each year. Other similar events are being considered for those who were unable to attend on the day and the Provincial Almoner’s Team will be in touch with further details when they are available.

Braham Djidjelli

Deputy Group Communications Officer
Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex