Every Spring and Autumn Freemasons from all parts of Devon meet to give support totalling in excess of £50,000 to local charities & organisations throughout the county who are in need of assistance, we were one of the groups nominated by St. Michaels lodge Dawlish.
“AIMS” (Activities, Interests, Music, Support) is a group who meet every Saturday at Oaklands School Dawish to support families who have children with different needs. here the children can have fun and play in a safe environment enjoying activities which include swimming, cooking and playing musical instruments, and when the weather allows they can also go outside to play on the swings & trampoline. This is also a place where parents can meet, chat and share experiences while their children play under the watchful eyes of the very experienced play leaders and volunteer staff.
The money is raised by the “WAKE Fund” a trust conceived by the Right Worshipful Brother William Alexander Kneel, the Provincial Grand Master from 1970 to 1984, the late owner of Kneels laundry & dry cleaners (now Johnsons). This fund now stands at £2 million and the interest earned is given annually to local non masonic organisations in need of help. Since the first disbursement in 2001 over £775,000 has been given to over 800 worthy causes selected by members of the 131 Masonic lodges based in the county.
This year, on Friday 31st May, Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury JP. Provincial Grand Master for Devonshire presented cheques to 23 deserving causes. Meeting at the Mount Edgcumbe Masonic Hall, Citadel Road East, Plymouth, the charity representatives accompanied by a Mason from their nominating lodge were able to enjoy a buffet supper, explore the Lodge, ask questions about freemasonry whilst receiving their cheques totalling the magnificent sum of £25,000. Making the contributions Ian Kingsbury said “I am delighted that the Freemasons of Devon are able to contribute to these important local causes many of which are so competently run by volunteers and hopefully these donations will make a real difference.
Jill Diprose of The “Aims Charity” who attended, thanked Ian Kingsbury and said, Without this superb donation it would be difficult to continue to run our service to the community, we are eternally grateful to the Freemasons for their continued support.
The attached photograph shows Jill Diprose receiving the cheque” from Ian Kingsbury accompanied by Bob Buckley of St. Michaels Lodge.