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Donation from Coventry 'Buffs' chuffed with hospital treatment

John Carlon 28th Aug, 2020

GRATEFUL members of the Coventry ‘Buffs’ have shown their appreciation for cancer treatment at University Hospital with a donation.

Three members of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB), known as the Buffs’ Club, donated £1000 to the Macmillan charity at the Arden Centre, Coventry University Hospital.

Three members of the RAOB Crofters’ Lodge were treated by the Macmillan team, which supports people living with cancer by working out the financial help they may be entitled to and helping them access it.

The team have specialist knowledge of benefits, tax credits and grants and can offer up-to-date, invaluable advice.

The RAOB, commonly known as the ‘Buffs’, is one of the largest fraternal organisations in the United Kingdom, having been formed in London in 1822. There are now lodges worldwide, with members – known as Brothers – supporting charitable organisations in their local community, as well as the families and dependents of deceased members, both financially and emotionally.

Three Brothers of the Crofters Lodge 8657, who meet under the Coventry Province, have either recently undergone or are currently undergoing treatment at the Arden Centre, Coventry University Hospital – John Fisk, Charles Johnson and Kim Sharpe.

The work carried out by Macmillan is therefore close to the heart of the Brothers of the Crofters Lodge.

Kate Thomas, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan, said: “Macmillan Cancer Support Services in Coventry would like to sincerely thank the Crofters Lodge of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes for the very generous donation, which will help us support people living with and beyond cancer at a time when we need it most. This

donation could help us fund services in Coventry such as the Macmillan Benefits Advice Service in Coventry and Warwickshire. A special thank you to John Fisk, Charles Johnson and Kim Sharpe for choosing Macmillan as their preferred charity for this donation.”

Charles Johnson of the Crofters Lodge 8657 said: “Macmillan save the lives of so many people – sadly not everyone is so fortunate. Two of my fellow lodge members have received treatment, as I myself am doing at present. We owe so much to the Macmillan Charity that this £1,000 donation is the Crofters Lodge’s way of saying a massive ‘Thank you’ to all who are involved.”

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