Every Spring and Autumn Freemasons from all parts of Devon meet to give support totalling in excess of £50,000 to local charities & organisations throughout the county who are in need of assistance, and Lifeworks was nominated, specifically in support of their Holiday Project, which supports learning disabled young people, aged 12 – 17, from across South Devon and Torbay.
This year on Friday 1st June, The Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury JP. Provincial Grand Master for Devonshire presented cheques to 22 deserving causes. 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 so competently run by volunteers and hopefully these donations will make a real difference.
The money is raised by the “WAKE Fund”. This fund now stands at almost £2 million 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 £690,000 has been given to over 790 worthy causes selected by members of the 133 Masonic lodges based in the county.
Laura Bambrey, Fundraising Officer at Lifeworks, thanked Ian Kingsbury and said “we are so grateful for this generous donation for the Lifeworks Holiday Project from the WAKE fund, and for the support of Mike Boon and Victory Lodge in nominating the project for support.”
In accepting the cheque on behalf of Lifeworks, Rhi Jamieson, a Lifeworks Young Volunteer and previous participant of the Holiday Project said, “the donation will be put towards our club doing many fun and adventurous activities. I have made a lot of friends and have great fun and learn a lot.”
L-R: Ian Kingsbury presenting the cheque to Laura Bambrey- Fundraising Officer, Rhi Jamieson- Young Volunteer, and Sarah-Jane Lowson- Community Projects Development Manager, accompanied by Graham Hooper and Mike Boon of Victory Lodge.