Every Spring and Autumn Freemasons from around Devon meet to give support totaling excess of £50,000 to local charities & organisations throughout the county who are in need of assistance, Cruse Bereavement Services Charity were one of the groups who were nominated by their local lodge St Michaels who meet in Dawlish and we were very grateful to receive a cheque for £1000.
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 almost £2 million and the interest earned is given annually to local non masonic organisations that are in need of help. Since the first disbursement in 2001 over £750,000 has been given to over 785 worthy causes selected by members of the 132 Masonic lodges based in the county.
This year on Friday 23rd November, The Very Worshipful Brother Nicholas Ball, Deputy Provincial Grand Master for Devonshire presented cheques to 25 deserving causes. Meeting at the Masonic Hall, Ashleigh Road Uffculme, the charity representatives accompanied by a Mason from their nominating lodge were able to enjoy a buffet supper, explore the Lodge, ask questions about to freemasonry and receive their cheques totalling the magnificent sum of £25,000. Making the contributions Nicholas Ball 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.
Philippa May from Cruse who attended the evening thanked Nicholas Ball and said that without this very generous donation to our funds we would not be able to continue our work, we are eternally grateful to the Freemasons of Devon.