The Jack Wood Lodge of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes has chosen Dimbleby Cancer Care as its Charity of The Year.

The Lodge, which meets once a week in Lambeth, kicked off its fundraising efforts with a 10 bridges walk starting on Tower Bridge on the 11th June

Rab Cruickshank, member of the Lodge said: “Every year we choose a charity to raise money for and this year we decided to pick Dimbleby Cancer Care. We aim to raise around £2,500 to £3,000 through various activities throughout the year.

“Seven of us took part in the first event – we started on Tower Bridge at 11am and finished on Lambeth Bridge at 1.30pm covering six miles in-between. One of the members, Graham, broke his neck five years ago and now uses a wheelchair but he was determined to walk some of it, so with the aid of crutches managed to walk Lambeth Bridge in an hour which was such a wonderful achievement and a great memory for our first event.”

So far the Lodge has we have raised £1,500 and are planning its next event – a charity night in the local pub.

The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes is one of the largest fraternal organisations in the United Kingdom. The order started in 1822 and is known as the Buffs to members. The organisation aids members, their families, dependents of former members and other charitable organisations.

All the money raised will go towards our ‘Care for the Future’ appeal, which aims to raise £500,000 by the end of 2016 so that it can continue and expand our work within the cancer community.

As Hannah Monteith, Fundraiser at Dimbleby Cancer Care says: “We are so grateful to have been chosen by the Lodge. All the money raised will truly make a difference to those going through cancer and their families. £1,500 is a great amount to have raised for a first event so Rab and his team should be very proud of their efforts.

“As we are fast approaching the opening of our new home at Guy’s Cancer Centre there is now more than ever an urgent need to raise funds. As a small charity we are reliant on the generosity of organisations like the Lodge and donations from individuals so if there anyone else out there feels inspired and is keen to give back to their local charity, please do get in touch by emailing us at