Special Olympics Plymouth & District Charity receive £1000 from local Freemasons
Every Spring and Autumn Freemasons from around Devon meet to give support totalling in excess of £45,000 to local charities & organisations throughout the county who are in need of assistance, the group nominated by W.Bro. Mick Carter, W.M. of The Lord Roborough Lodge was The Special Olympics Plymouth & District Charity.
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 £1.9 million and the interest earned is given annually to local non masonic organisations who are in need of help. Since the first disbursement in 2001 nearly £700,000 has been given to over 740 worthy causes selected by members of the 133 Masonic lodges based in the county.
This year on Friday 2nd June, The Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury, JP, Provincial Grand Master for Devonshire presented cheques to 19 deserving causes. Meeting at the Masonic Hall, Hollands Road, Teignmouth, the charity representatives accompanied by a Mason from their nominating lodge were able to enjoy a buffet supper, explore the Lodge, ask any questions with reference to freemasonry and receive their cheques totalling the magnificent sum of £19,000. 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 especially in this the Tercentenary year of English Freemasonry”.
The above photograph shows Maureen Stockdale, Jackie Carter & Alan Stockdale receiving the cheque from R.W.Bro. Ian Kingsbury accompanied by W.Bro. John Pritchard of The Lord Roborough Lodge No. 5789.
The above photograph shows all 19 recipients with R.W.Bro. Ian Kingsbury.