Masons donate to Dream-A-Way

The attached photograph shows Dream-A-Way Chairman Jeff Merrett MBE receiving the cheque from R.W. B

The attached photograph shows Dream-A-Way Chairman Jeff Merrett MBE receiving the cheque from R.W. Bro. Ian Kingsbury, Provincial Grand Master with W.Bro Ken Springthorpe who proposed the Charity . - Credit: Archant

Dream-A-Way charity was presented with a cheque at Exmouth Masonic Hall

A charity which gives free holidays to the disabled and seriously ill people is celebrating receiving a cash windfall thanks to the Devonshire Freemasons.

The Dream-A-Way charity was presented with £1,250 at the Exmouth Masonic Hall, which was handed to the charity’s chairman Jeff Merrett by the provincial grand master of Devonshire, right worshipful brother Ian Kingsbury.

Dream-A-Way chairman Jeff Merrett MBE said: “We are delighted that Devonshire Freemasons have chosen to award us such a significant sum which will really help our work. Our sincere thanks to all involved.”

Mr Kingsbury said: “I am delighted that the Freemasons in Devon are able to contribute to local causes. Many of these organisations are run on a shoestring by volunteers and these donations provide real benefit and are much appreciated.”

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Most of the organisations receiving a donation were nominated by a local masonic lodge – usually where a member has a connection with the organisation.

In this case, the sponsoring mason was W.Bro Ken Springthorpe of The Sun Lodge No 106.

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The donations came from the William Alexander Kneel Endowment (WAKE) Fund, which is currently worth approximately £1.5million.

The charitable fund is accumulated by legacies and donations from Devonshire Freemasons and their families.

Each year around £40,000 is distributed amongst local charities and organisations in Devon.

Since it began in 2001, more than £450,000 has been donated to almost 450 beneficiaries.

Dream-A-Way’s holiday destinations are located across Devon, Cornwall and the Scilly Isles, including caravans at Exmouth’s Devon Cliffs Holiday Park.

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