The £28,990 grant to the Plot to Plate allotment project, run by Disability Direct, will pay for a new Project Co-Ordinator, who will work with volunteers to deliver the ‘Grow Your Own’ service to 350 local people. Alongside the wheelchair-accessible vegetable beds, there will be practical cooking classes, weekly gardening sessions and community open day events, all free of charge, with activities to support the environment such as making bug and bee hotels.
Earlier in 2018, the Masonic Charitable Foundation announced that £600,000 had been approved to support hospices across England and Wales this year. In July, hospices were invited to apply for grants towards core funding and £300,000 was allocated to each hospice that receives less than 60% funding from the NHS. The other £300,000 will be provided to individual hospices across England and Wales via Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice care. Contributions from Freemasons to hospices have exceeded £13 million in England and Wales since 1984.