Every Spring and Autumn Freemasons from around Devon meet to give support totalling in excess of £50,000 to local charities & organisations throughout the county who are in need of assistance, one of the organisations nominated by St. Michaels lodge in Dawlish was the Cancer Lifeline Group who are based in Torquay & Newton Abbot, they were established in 2002 giving cancer patients “time to retune” therapeutic breaks along with the help and support they need outside the hospital system.
The money is raised by the “WAKE Fund” a trust conceived by the Right Worshipful Brother William Alexander Kneel, our Provincial Grand Master from 1970 to 1984, the late owner of Kneels laundry & dry cleaners (now Johnsons). This fund now stands at almost £2.0 million, the interest earned is given annually to local non masonic organisations who are deserving of help. Since the first disbursement in 2001 over £725,000 has been given to over 760 worthy causes selected by members of the 133 Masonic lodges based in the county.
This year The Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury JP. Provincial Grand Master for Devonshire presented cheques to 25 deserving causes.
Meeting at The Masonic Hall, St. Andrews Road, Exmouth, the charity representatives accompanied by a Mason from their nominating lodge were able to enjoy a buffet supper, investigate the interior of the Lodge and receive 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 totally run by volunteers and hopefully these donations will make a real difference.
Darrell Fulford from Cancer Lifeline S. W. thanked Ian Kingsbury for the cheque of £1250 and said “Charities like ours could not continue their work without the support of organisations like the Freemasons, the money given tonight will help us give a little comfort to those who are in need.”
The attached photograph shows L to R Ian Kingsbury passing the £1250 cheque to Darrell Fulford accompanied by Bro. Bob Buckley, Charity Steward of St. Michaels Lodge, Dawlish .
For further information contact the Masonic Provincial press officer as above.
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