Every Spring and Autumn Freemasons from all around Devon meet to support local organisations who require financial assistance, among which are Children’s charities, 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 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). Since the idea was initiated the fund has grown through the continued generosity of Devonshire Freemasons and wise investments, today it stands at £2 million from which the trustees distribute the income generated, currently around £50,000 each year.
Since the first disbursement in 2001 nearly £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.
This year on Friday 31st May at 19.30, The Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury JP. Provincial Grand Master for Devonshire will be presenting cheques to 23 deserving causes. The meeting will be held at The Mount Edgcumbe Masonic Hall. Citadel Road East Plymouth, and will welcome both the members of the press & representatives from the successful organisations, accompanied by a member from their nominating lodge, who in most cases will also have given generous donations separately to their chosen charity, they will all be able to enjoy a superb reception & buffet, view the lodge building, and ask any questions regarding the Fraternity that they may have. Each organisation will then receive their cheques totalling the magnificent sum of £25,000.
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.
Any further information required can be obtained from Clive Eden at Email. clive_2805@ Hotmail.co.uk or 01626-354176