Magic Moments for Autistic Kids on Market Hill in Scunthorpe town centre has been given £15,000 from the Lincolnshire Freemasons.
The donation has been made after the Masonic Charitable Foundation distributed £3 million pounds to 300 charities across the country, with a public vote deciding on a range of awards from £4,000 to £25,000.
The £15,000 was presented to Magic Moments by the provincial grand master from Lincolnshire Freemasons, Graham Ives.
Founder of Magic Moments, Pat Ebbs, was completely overwhelmed by the generous donation and cried as she said “thank you would never be enough.”
“This is the biggest donation we have ever had,” she said.
“I cried when I got the email and went ‘oh, my, God I don’t believe this’ – people were wondering what was wrong with me.
“No one has ever done anything like this for us before – we have been given money and support from other people but this is such a colossal amount of money and will make such a difference to the kids.
“We can train them and take them on trips – one of our aims is to help children with autism not to feel isolated.”
She added that the donation could help with the possibility of a holiday to Wales, where outdoor activities are organised for young people with a range of disabilities.
Graham Ives, Provincial Grand Master of Lincolnshire Freemasons presents a cheque for £15,000 to Pat Ebbs of Magic Moments for Autistic Kids
Pat added: “Everyone here is absolutely gobsmacked – never in my life would I have expected anything like this and I don’t know how to thank them enough, words can’t express it.
“Thank you isn’t enough.”
Mr Ives said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate three hundred years of Freemasonry by helping six excellent Lincolnshire charities.
“We’ve been active in charity work for all that time, but this is the first occasion we’ve asked the public to help us decide how to spend our money
“We are very pleased that so many people from Lincolnshire took part in the vote.”
The full list of Community Awards in Lincolnshire was:
Hykeham Sailability from North Hykeham near Lincoln will receive £25,000
Magic Moments for Autistic Kids from Scunthorpe will receive £15,000
Alford Day Centre will receive £6,000
Boston Women’s Aid will receive £4,000
Isle of Axholme Physically Handicapped Society from Epworth will receive £4,000
Grantham and District Poverty Action Group will receive £4,000
Find out more about Freemasonry in Lincolnshire by visiting the Lincolnshire Freemasons Provincial Website http://www.pgllincs.org/