The Devon Freemasons paid a visit to the DCF offices this week to conduct what would be their 7th annual cheque presentation, with a difference.
Considering recent circumstances, we were lucky and privileged to meet with the four representatives who delighted in chatting with our Philanthropy Director Scott about the foundation’s recent work.
This handover totals the contribution of the Freemasons to the foundation at over £50,000 which up to now, has supported both the Surviving Winter programme and Community Grants Fund.
Surviving Winter is an annual appeal focused on the support of those most vulnerable during the cold weather.
The Community Grants Fund offers support into our communities over a wide range of themes that include -assisting families in need, bringing people together, developing life skills, enabling disabled people, encouraging safety & resilience, helping people find & keep a home, keeping people safe & well, offering training & work opportunities, promote access to arts/culture/nature.
This year, the circumstances that dictated social distancing and a notable lack of handshaking at the meeting, also influenced the redirection of their monies to the presently more critical coronavirus emergency funding.
“During these very difficult times the Devon Freemasons have been aware of the increased needs of local charities due to the increased workload combined with a lack of funding from their usual sources. We are delighted to present a cheque for £7,500 to Devon Community Foundation to help them support people in need across the county.”
A huge thank you to the Devon Freemasons for their continued support.
(L-R) DCF Philanthropy Director Scott Walker accepts a generous donation from Reuben Ayres, Provincial Grand Charity Steward, Nick Ball, The Deputy Provincial Grand Master and Clive Eden, Provincial Press Officer of the Devonshire Freemasons.
If you’d like to see how generous contributions like this one have been spent during 2020 please visit our Devon Coronavirus Response & Recovery Fund stories pages here.