Freemasons grant £100,000 for endoscopy research
Northwick Park Institute for Medical Research has been presented with a cheque for £100,000 from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity to fund a training and research project at the Wolfson Unit for Endoscopy in St Mark's Hospital, Middlesex, a national and international referral centre for intestinal and colorectal disorders. Local Freemasons and Freemasons from around the country have worked together to raise these funds.
Local Freemason Roger Croome Pro Provitional Grandmaster of Middlesex visited the Wolfson Unit on Friday 3 December to present the cheque to Dr Brian Saunders Consultant Gastroenterologist.
The grant will fund the development of a colonoscopy simulator which will be introduced to other hospitals and training centres across the UK and it is estimated that 200 clinicians will attend courses each year.
Speaking about the donation Laura Chapman, Chief Executive of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity said: “The Northwick Park Institute for Medical Research remains a leader in its field and we are very happy to fund this grant, one of the largest we have made this year. The funding of medical research is central to our grant-making policy and an important cause within the Masonic community.”
The Major Grants Scheme is just one of the initiatives driven by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity which donates over £3 million to national charities every year.
Dr Brian Saunders from the Wolfson Unit said: “This donation is incredibly generous and means doctors and nurses involved in bowel cancer prevention we will be able to use the latest computer technology to enhance their training. Our aim is to make colonoscopy in the UK easier to learn and better for our patients.”