FREEMASONS have donated thousands to the Devon Community Foundation to help support people in need across the county.
The Devon Freemasons donated £7,500 to the charity at a presentation on June 20 where Chief Executive DCF, Martha Wilkinson was delighted to be presented with the cheque by Ian Kingsbury, the Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire Freemasons.
The gift brings the total donated over the last three years to £19,500 and will be allocated to the Foundation’s Community Grants, supporting hundreds of voluntary and community groups offering local people in need a helping hand.
Ian Kingsbury said: “I am delighted to be able to assist such a worthwhile and important local organisation, helping them to reach out to those most in need in our local communities.”
The funds will support community groups like Growing Together who received a £1,000 cash boost for their gardening project for older people and their carers in East Devon, bringing about improved social interaction and better physical and mental health.
Jill a member of Growing Together Devon said: “I’m attached to an oxygen machine all the time so I’m restricted in what I can do. It keeps me doing something I love.”
Martha Wilkinson commented: “Over the last 12 months we’ve given £369,842 to 183 local projects helping 53,460 local people in need.
“We could not do this without the support of individuals, families, and organisations such as the Devon Freemasons. I cannot thank them enough for their continued generosity, their contribution really will make a significant difference to local people’s lives.”