Every Spring and Autumn Freemasons from all around Devon meet to support local organisations and charities who are require financial assistance, amongst those included are Schools, Youth Centres and locally based charities including Hospices, Hospital Services and Cancer Charities.
The money is raised through the “WAKE FUND” a trust conceived by Right Worshipful Brother William Alexander Kneel, the Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire from 1970 to 1984, the late owner of Kneels laundry & dry cleaners (Now Johnsons). Since the idea was initiated the fund has grown through the continued generosity of Devonshire Freemasons and wise investments which today stands at almost £2.0 million, from which the trustees distribute the income generated, currently £50,000 each year.
Since the first disbursement in 2001 almost £775,000 has been given to over 800 worthy non masonic organisations and charities throughout Devon, selected by members of the 131 Masonic lodges based throughout the county.
On Friday 31st May Rt. W. Bro. Ian Kingsbury JP. Provincial Grand Master for the Devonshire Freemasons presented cheques to 23 deserving causes at the meeting held at The Masonic Hall, Citadel Road East Plymouth The charity representatives accompanied by a member from their nominating lodge were able to enjoy a superb reception & buffet, have a tour around the lodge building, ask any questions they wished and receive their cheques totalling the magnificent sum of £26,000. Making the contributions Ian Kingsbury said “I am delighted that the Freemasons of Devon are able to continue to contribute to these important local causes many of which are totally run by volunteers and hopefully these donations will make a real difference to the lives of many people.
Among the organisations that will benefit are, Parkinsons Plymouth, Plymouth & District Guide Dogs, Friends of Woodland School Plymouth, Plympton & Plymstock Scout Troops, Trevi House Rehab Unit Plymouth, Hospital Radio Plymouth, ATC Squadron 2171 Plymouth, Friends of Exeter Cathedral, Exmouth in Bloom, Ayrton’s Dream Exeter RDNE, Gateway Homeless Action Group Sidmouth, Devon & Cornwall Lupus Group, Axminster Medical Practice, Exmouth Sea Scouts, Hospiscare Exeter, HCPT the pilgrimage Trust Torbay, SAMS Totnes, PHABS Torquay, Teignbridge Citizens Advice, A.I.M.S Dawlish, Families for Children Buckfastleigh, St. James Church Swimbridge, Bishop Tawton Playing Fields.
Representatives from the above organisations and charities can be seen with their cheques in the attached photograph