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, one of the groups who were nominated by their local lodge were ChemoHero who make up and deliver boxes of kindness that contain useful and luxury items to chemotherapy patients in North Devon.
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 founders from ChemoHero who attended thanked Ian Kingsbury and said “We feel incredible honoured to have been nominated and accepted for this grant.
Its going to really help us continue to not only keep supplying our Boxes of kindness but will also enable us to move forward a few new ideas we have had within the charity.
The attached photograph shows Lisa and Rob Wallis receiving the cheque” from Ian Kingsbury accompanied by Phil Bourne of Lodge No 1332
For further information contact Lisa Wallis Charity Founder at email@example.com or Clive Eden the Masonic Provincial press officer on 01626-354176 or Email. firstname.lastname@example.org