At a recent meeting with the Cued Speech Association Ian Kingsbury the Provincial Grand Master of the Devonshire Freemasons presented Henrietta Ireland the Executive Director of the charity which gives hope to so many deaf young people a certificate denoting the £15,000 granted to them over three years from the Freemasons of Devonshire through the Masonic Charitable Foundation which supports Freemasons and Charities throughout England and Wales.

Cued Speech helps deaf people see what they are saying, it’s a manual system of eight handshapes in four positions near the mouth which clarify the lip patterns of your speech and is comparatively easy to learn, it turns your spoken language into a visual language which allows your child see the whole of the English language as clearly as a hearing person can. 

The Cued Speech Association have been developing their services over the past two years and have been able to recruit family support practitioners in the Southwest as close to us as Eggbuckland Primary in Plymouth, South Wales and Hertfordshire so that they can support the parents of deaf children at home.

Henriette Said when receiving the certificate:- 

We were so excited to receive this generous donation to our charity.  Cued Speech changes the lives of deaf children, creating opportunities and helping them to realise their full potential.   Your donation goes directly to support our beneficiaries.  One of the ways that we achieve this is through the provision of family support workers, who can support parents with their deaf child with communication, language and literacy right-from-the-start and onwards through education.  We are very much looking forward to working with Devon Freemasons over the next three years.”                                                                                                  

 Ian Kingsbury in reply said that the Freemasons of Devonshire are always pleased when they can contribute to the betterment of the lives of those with difficulties in everyday living, especially when we are able to come to the aid of children and young adults.

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