Money from Honey


Earlier this year our son was diagnosed with High-grade non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Lymphoma is the fifth most common cancer in the UK and more than 14,000 people are diagnosed with it each year. About 6000 of these will be high-grade non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Like most people, we knew very little about Lymphoma.


The Lymphoma Association provide high-quality information for people with Lymphoma, their families and friends. Their information is simply written, clear and concise and has been invaluable to us all as we go through the process of diagnosis and treatment regimes.


As an amateur beekeeper, I had a very good year and thought I could use some of my surplus honey to raise funds for the Lymphoma Association. I designed a special masonic label for the brethren of De Montfort Lodge. Master Masons will understand the symbolism of the three groups of five bees leaving their hive and travelling North, East and South and why the best before date is A. L. 6018!


Honey from amateur beekeepers will always have a unique quality, as it will be made from local sources of nectar, which will vary each year according to local flora. The bees that made each jar of honey will have flown the equivalent of one and half times around the world.


The brethren and visitors at our last meeting were most generous and raised nearly £250 for the Lymphoma Association. Many brethren donated more than the suggested amount. As a new member to the Lodge, my family and I are very grateful for the fantastic support.


Our son has now finished his chemotherapy treatment. He will have a PET scan in early December and get the results just before Christmas. We hope and pray for a good Christmas.


W. Bro. Bob Harrison