Cambridgeshire Freemasons Supporting Robotic Surgery Appeal


A £10,000 grant from the Cambridgeshire Freemasons is helping Addenbrookes Hospital in their Robotic Surgery Appeal, enabling their amazing clinicians to provide life-saving and life changing surgery to 1,500 patients a year across six new areas of the hospital.

Robotic surgery is a form of keyhole surgery involving small incisions where the surgeon controls a computer-enhanced robot, mimicking the surgeon’s hands and wrist movements, and allowing absolute precision.

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Addenbrooke’s currently only has one surgical robot, which is dedicated to kidney, bladder, and prostate cancer patients. This appeal will help fund another surgical robot, revolutionising patient care across six specialities in the hospital.

Claire Billing from the Addenbrookes Charitable Trust said

“Thank you so much for securing the generous gift of £10,000 from the Province of Cambridgeshire Charity for Care & Relief and the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The benefits of this innovative surgical robot are that the surgery is quicker, with patients requiring less anaesthetic and recovering more quickly. Thanks to the robot’s dexterity and flexibility, wounds are smaller with lower chance of infection or pain. Patients who have benefitted personally have said that they were able to be up and about, back to normal life, in hours and days, not weeks and months.  Each £1,000 donated will allow one patient to benefit from robotic surgery. I hope you are as happy as we are in the knowledge that your gift will significantly impact the lives of ten Addenbrooke’s patients each year! Thank you once again for changing the future of surgery at Addenbrooke’s, for the better, for staff and patients alike.”

David Blair from Cambridgeshire Freemasons, said  “We are delighted to be able to support Addenbrookes in their Robotic Surgery Appeal.”


Notes to Editors
Photograph shows Mr Heman Joshi, a Consultant Surgeon at Addenbrookes, presenting the cheque to the ACT Charity Team on behalf of Cambridgeshire Freemasons

About Cambridgeshire Freemasonry:
The Masonic Province of Cambridgeshire is relatively small, with Masonic Centres in Cambridge, Ely, Newmarket, March, Chatteris, Whittlesey and Wisbech. There are around 1500 Freemasons and 30 individual lodges. We pride ourselves on our friendliness and inclusivity, with members drawn from all walks of life and professional backgrounds. We welcome enquiries from anyone who is curious about our values and our history. More information is available on our website and enquiries should be directed to our Provincial Information Officer:
Jon Cooper 07714 763427

About the Province of Cambridgeshire Charity for Care and Relief:
The Charity is constituted by Deed of Trust and is a Registered Charity, number275991. The objects of the Charity are to dispense funds for the benefit of poor and distressed masons of the Province of Cambridgeshire, Masonic Charities, and for other charitable institutions, societies, or objects. For more information please contact George Brennan

About the Masonic Charitable Foundation:
The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the MCF awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people. The MCF also helps to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contributes to worldwide appeals for disaster relief. In total, MCF support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally. As well as providing grants to charities, the MCF supports Freemasons and their families with a financial, health or family need. Visit
For further information about the Masonic Charitable Foundation, please contact:
Guy Roberts, Press Officer