Octogenarian pedal power

“What should I do for my birthday?” says Phil. Most people would perhaps choose a nice meal with the family or a short break away. Not Phil Stansbie, WM of Lathom Abbey Lodge No 6286, he opted to use his exercise bike to cycle 80 km’s to raise some money for charity.

Picture right: Phil Stansbie (right) presenting Malcolm Sandywell with a cheque for the MCF 2021 Festival. Picture left: Phil Stansbie (right) presenting Mike Dutton with a cheque for the hall.

Picture right: Phil Stansbie (right) presenting Malcolm Sandywell with a cheque for the MCF 2021 Festival. Picture left: Phil Stansbie (right) presenting Mike Dutton with a cheque for the hall.

You may be thinking why 80 km’s? Well that was because that coincided with the number of years that Phil was marking; he was celebrating reaching 80 years of age! So, this was a really fantastic achievement. Phil completed his ride at Ormskirk Masonic Hall cheered on by many supporters, friends and family who attended on the evening.

When all the sponsorship money was collected and counted, Phil announced that he had raised the magnificent sum of £1,000

After some consideration, he decided to divide the money between two very worthy causes. Presenting £500 to Ormskirk Masonic Hall and £500 to the West Lancashire MCF 2021 Festival.

Mike Dutton, Treasurer of Ormskirk Masonic Hall Association (OMHA) and a member of Lathom Abbey Lodge, thanked Phil for his generous donation to the hall, saying it would be put to very good use.

On receiving the other cheque for £500 on behalf of the MCF 2021 Festival, Ormskirk and Bootle Group Charity Steward, Malcolm Sandywell congratulated Phil on his achievement, brought the thanks of the Festival committee and gratitude of those people who we may never know, but who will ultimately benefit from Phil’s very generous donation.

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