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Bridgwater Masonic Charity Day

On Saturday 30th September, Bridgwater Masonic Centre celebrated the amazing amount of money raised and presented to various charities over the previous twelve months. The event was sponsored by representatives from The Lodge of Perpetual Friendship, Admiral Blake Lodge, Tynte Lodge and Somerset Military Lodge. Also present were Graham Puddy the Prov Charity Steward, representatives of various charities, friends and family members. All coming together to recognise the great work Freemasonry does in the community.

Also to note, the Somerset Masonic Friendship Association (SMFA) which was set up to provide social friendship in the form of lunches, coffee mornings, and other group activities for those that have lost loved ones, provide well received donations.

Some of the Charities which received donations include, Brainwave, Gift of Giving, Bridgwater United community Sports Trust, Building for Heroes, Grand Appeal Bristol, Bridgwater Foodbank, Mrs Roberts Stillborn Appeal, Isle of Man Hospice, Love Musgrove, direct support to Amber Spear, Masonic Fishing Charity, Breast Cancer Support, Colorectal Unit Brecon Centre, SURE Beacon & Yeovil Freewheelers (Blood bikes). A total of £11,678 had been donated to these important and essential charities.

After the presentations, much needed light refreshments were provided (by a group of hardworking volunteers). A raffle took place raising over £500, which was then topped up from each Craft Lodge and the total amount of £1,250 will be going to the Somerset Young Carers, a charity supporting young carers around Somerset, so of whom are only 5 years old!

The day was a great success and a great opportunity to highlight the important work Freemasonry does as a whole, not just in local communities but the world overall, which can sometimes be overlooked and forgotten. A special thank you must go to Norman Hucker, who organised the day and the many volunteers who made the day run seamlessly.

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