Sidmouth charities benefit in Masons’ �26,500 giveaway

Charities across Devon meet in Sidmouth for Masonic presentation night

SOME 26 worthy causes, including some from Sidmouth, have received a share of �26,500 given by the Freemasons of Devon.

As part of an annual programme of charitable giving, the donations were presented at Sidmouth’s Masonic Hall, High Street, earlier this month.

Among those receiving donations were Bill and Evelyn Lankester from Sidmouth Living With Cancer Support Group and Sidmouth Hospiscare, with palliative care nurses Sarah Shaw and Rachel MacKinnon receiving �550.

“It is specifically for a television and DVD player to be used for educational purposes for the nurses and when we have relatives that stay at the hospice,” said Sarah.

“We received the money through Colin Turner, who has benefited from the hospice service. He is a mason and put our name forward. It is wonderful that one organisation can support local charities and it is very much appreciated.”

SLWC received �2,000 - �1,000 from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Devonshire and �1,000 from the Lodge of Perseverance, Sidmouth.

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Bill said: “Freemasons do not raise money from outside and all money donated comes from members’ own pockets.

“The general public are unaware of the tremendous work carried out by the Freemasons and our thanks go out to all their members.”

Bev Thomas, Sidmouth co-ordinator for Children’s Hospice South West, received a total of �2,050 at the presentation ceremony. The award was suggested by Old Helian Lodge in Exeter and the money will be used to help the new Cornwall extension which will benefit the Plymouth area.

All types of organisations received awards, from Girl Guides and Army Cadets, to a judo club and health charities.