Exmouth Gateway Club handed £1,500 boost by Devon Freemasons

A social group for adults with learning disabilities in Exmouth has been given a £1,500 boost by Freemasons in Devon.

Exmouth Gateway Club was among 20 good causes handed a total of £25,000 at a presentation evening in the town.

The group says the money will help it carry on its work with more than 120 learning disabled adults within Exmouth and surrounding areas and its three pan-disability football teams.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Emma and Paul Baldwin,  of Exmouth Gateway Club, receiving a cheque from Ian Kingsbury accompanied by W.Bro. David Bassett from The Sun Lodge No 489.

Emma and Paul Baldwin, of Exmouth Gateway Club, receiving a cheque from Ian Kingsbury accompanied by W.Bro. David Bassett from The Sun Lodge No 489.

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…

Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury JP, Provincial Grand Master for the Devonshire Freemasons, recently presented cheques totalling £25,000 to 20 deserving causes at the Exmouth Masonic Hall in St Andrew’s Road.

Mr 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.”

Every spring and autumn, Freemasons from all parts of Devon meet to give support totalling in excess of £50,000 to local charities and organisations throughout the county.

The money is raised by the WAKE Fund; a trust conceived by the Right Worshipful Brother William Alexander Kneel, the Provincial Grand Master from 1970 to 1984.

This fund now stands at £2million and the interest earned is given annually to local non-Masonic organisations in need of help.

Since 2001, more than £770,000 has been gifted to some 868 worthy causes selected by members of the 131 Masonic lodges in Devon.

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