Chris and Jeni, the parents of River Wardley from Littleborough, who suffers from a life-threatening genetic condition, were delighted when Rochdale District Freemasons came to their rescue. They helped the family secure a desperately needed new home that is much better suited to their sons River and Ocean and daughter Roxi-Blue.

River suffers from the extremely rare mutation on his CNK SR2 gene, which causes seizures, and intellectual, attention and language deficits. He also has central and obstructive Sleep Apnoea, Hypermobility Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism, ADHD and uncontrolled Epilepsy.

Rochdale District Chairman Doug Smith said, “When we heard about River, we wanted to do something positive”.

As a result, they secured a substantial grant from the East Lancashire Masonic Charities, which means the family can now move to a new home in Milnrow where their quality of life will be greatly improved. Rochdale District Charity Steward John Taylor added, “We really do like to help those in need, and it is clear just how much this means to the whole family.”

Chris, Jenni, Roxi-Blue, River and Ocean can’t wait to make the move, and all want to thank the Freemasons for their help and support.


Article by John Taylor and Photograph by Ken Rowlatt