Freemasons give their support to India, 11

Julie Hattons Dance group prepare for the Olympics with their special show.The Basketball players and footballers strike a pose.Picture Richard Ponter.121632a
Julie Hattons Dance group prepare for the Olympics with their special show.The Basketball players and footballers strike a pose.Picture Richard Ponter.121632a

SCARBOROUGH Freemasons have given a helping hand to local girl India Robertson, who is hoping to travel to America for life-changing medical treatment.

Master of St Nicholas Lodge, James Sloan, presented a cheque for £250 to India’s dad, Dr James Robertson, who works in Scarborough Hospital’s accident and emergency department.

With two other donations on their way from Scarborough and Leopold Lodges, the total should reach over £700.

The lodges are based at the Masonic Hall in South Cliff.

Publicity officer Peter Moss said: “I heard about the appeal from another doctor and told it that it was something we might be able to help with.

“We raised it at the lodge and the proposal was voted for. The Freemasons are regular supporters of local charities and we’re always pleased to be able to help.”

India, who lives in Ebberston, has cerebral palsy. She could soon be on her way to St Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri – but only if the family can raise £60,000 to cover the costs.

A major fundraising campaign was launched in January with many people making donations and planning their own events.

These have included a pub treasure hunt, music nights, a head shave and team taking part in Walk for Life.

The running total is now over halfway and the family are hopeful that India will be able to got for treatment this summer. Surgery could help her walk more easily.

Donations can be made at Yorkshire Building Society into a fundraising account called Send India to St Louis.