Support for charity from RAOB lodge

RAOB members Raymond Bell, left, and Kit Hart with Debra Mitchell.
RAOB members Raymond Bell, left, and Kit Hart with Debra Mitchell.

A Northumberland lodge of an organisation has raised a decent total for a national good cause.

Debra Mitchell, representing Brain Tumour Research, recently received a cheque for £2,300 from members of the V.W. Corbett Lodge in Bedlington, which is part of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (RAOB).

The charity for 2015 was chosen because Mrs Mitchell’s sister, Janet Baldwin, had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

She underwent chemotherapy and operations and received care and support at the Marie Curie Hospice in Newcastle. She died on March 3 last year at the age of 38.

Her father, Raymond Bell, is a long-serving member of the RAOB. He describes the organisation, known as the Buffs, as a ‘society with secrets’.

The fund-raising included raffles, a swear box and an evening of live music from a band at a club in Seghill.

Mr Bell added: “Janet was a very popular girl and she is missed by a lot of people.

“She was known very well by members at the lodge.”

Brain Tumour Research has a funding strategy to support long-term, life-saving, sustainable research at various UK-based centres of excellence.