The Royal Arch Masons 2013 Bicentenary Appeal was established to help fund the Royal College of Surgeons' successful surgical research fellowship scheme, which supports surgeons to undertake a surgical research project. This scheme enables the brightest and best surgeons of each generation to explore treatments for conditions and injuries that affect millions of people worldwide. The scheme relies completely on voluntary donations from individuals, trusts and legacies and needs more funding to continue the number of worthy research projects supported.
Surgical research continues to provide significant advances in:
- hip and knee replacements
- the prevention of strokes
- reconstructive surgery for trauma and war-wounded victims
- less invasive surgery and quicker recovery
- skilled operations to improve hearing and sight
- cancer survival rates
Future innovations in surgery will be driven by research. However, nationally less than 2% of funding for medical research is given to surgical projects.
The Bicentenary Appeal successfully raised over £2,500,000 for the Royal College of Surgeons - you can read the First Grand Principal's address at the celebratory convocation of Supreme Grand Chapter on Freemasonry Today.