Masons’ gift to girl

Allissa is pictured examining the cheque.
Allissa is pictured examining the cheque.

A toddler who suffers from cerebral palsy received a cheque from the Vale of Alford Masonic Lodge, to help pay for her treatment.

Two-year-old Allissa Archibald has attended the Craighalbert Centre in Cumbernauld for children with cerebral palsy and related conditions on several occasions, at considerable cost to her family.

Allissa’s parents noticed a significant change for the better to her condition after each treatment and were keen to organise regular visits - ideally three or four times a year.

Allissa has just returned from a four-day visit to the centre, where she attended half days sessions.

Brother Richard Williams, of the Vale of Alford Masons, heard about her situation and met Allissa and her mum, Linda Jo Archibald.

Having learned more about Allissa and, in particular, how a donation towards the cost of her treatment would be a great help, the Masons decided to make a donation towards Allissa’s next treatment.

This was greatly appreciated by the Archibald family, and Allissa, her mum and great aunt, Caroline Parr, who runs the Cheery Cup tearoom in Alford’s Main Street, went to the Masonic Lodge and accepted a £200 cheque towards Allissa’s treatment cost.

Caroline said: “It was one of my customers who’s a Mason who put her forward for one of their cheques, which was very kind of them.”

Allissa lives in Rothienorman, but is a regular visitor to Alford with her mum, to see Caroline at the Cheery Cup.