Two Frome charities have benefited from donations totalling over £12,000 from Somerset Freemasons. ‘Active and In Touch’, which offers on-going befriending support to adults who feel isolated or lonely in Frome and surrounding villages received £7000 and ‘The Pod’, a charity which supports young people and adults with additional needs £5340.
Dougie Brown, Manager of Active and In Touch said “We are extremely grateful to the Somerset Freemasons for their generous support. This grant, over 3 years will help with both our One to One Matched Befriending Scheme and our Tuesday Group which meets at Freemasons Hall in Frome. Thank you for all that you do for our community.”
Anni Tuffnell, Trustee of The Pod said “We would like to say a huge thank you to the Somerset Freemasons. It has been an incredibly busy 18 months and this support over the next 3 years will really help us as we develop our social groups to reach more young carers, children and adults with additional needs and their families.”
The presentation was made at Freemasons Hall in Frome when members of the ‘Royal Somerset Lodge’ laid on a buffet lunch for the Active and in Touch members who meet there. They were joined by representatives of The Pod and several local Freemasons. Graham Puddy, representing the Somerset Freemasons said “We are delighted to be able to support these deserving local charities through the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF). In the year 2019/2020 the MCF donated over £19M of charitable support funded entirely through the donations of Freemasons and their families.” John Rawlins, the Master of Royal Somerset Lodge who hosted the event said “We are pleased to be able to offer Active and In Touch the use of our premises and it’s good to see so many of their members taking part today.”
Barry Davies – Provincial Communications Officer