Freemasons’ help with heavy duty mobility scooter for Tiverton residents

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Faye Ashton and Hayley Hillman receiving the cheque from Ian Kingsbury accompanied by David Whaley of The Tiverton St Peter’s Lodge

A new heavy duty mobility scooter will enable disabled residents in Tiverton to get about with ease thanks to a donation from the Freemasons.

Every Spring and Autumn Freemasons from around Devon meet to give support totalling in excess of £50,000 to charities and organisations throughout the county who are in need of assistance. The Tiverton & District Community Transport Association were one of the groups who were nominated by their lodge St Peter’s Tiverton.

The members from Tiverton & District Community Transport Association who attended thanked Ian Kingsbury and said the donation will be used to purchase a new heavy duty mobility scooter to enable disabled residents of Tiverton and the surrounding area the opportunity to access the town’s facility with ease and comfort. Their current shopmobility fleet is more than ten years old, so is in the need of replacing.

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 £2million and the interest earned is given annually to local non masonic organisations who are in need of help. Since the first disbursement in 2001 over £725,000 has been given to over 760 worthy causes selected by members of the 133 Masonic lodges based in the county.

This year on Friday November 3, The Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury JP. Provincial Grand Master for Devonshire presented cheques to 25 deserving causes. Meeting at the Masonic Hall, St. Andrews Road, Exmouth, 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 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 having already donated another £120,000 to nine deserving causes in September.”

For further information contact Hayley Hillman at Tiverton Community Transport Association on 01884 242099 – hayley@tdcta.org.uk or Clive Eden the Masonic Provincial press officer on 01626-354176 or Email. clive_2805@hotmail.co.uk

 

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