Freemasons’ funding boost

David Pratt, the provincial grand master of the province of Yorkshire West Riding.
David Pratt, the provincial grand master of the province of Yorkshire West Riding.
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A scout group and a charity that supports disabled people will benefit from a cash boost from

Freemasons.

The 11th South Leeds (St Luke’s) Scout Group and William Merritt Disabled Living Centre are among 20 good causes in North, South and West Yorkshire which will receive grants totalling £27,380 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund.

The Rodley-based William Merritt Disabled Living Centre, a charity giving assessments and help to disabled people or parents with disabled children, will be given £2,500 to buy electronic games equipment for severely disabled people.

A grant of £750 to the 11th South Leeds (St Luke’s) Scout Group will be used for a mess tent and outdoor cooking equipment.

David Pratt, the provincial grand master of the province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “Yet again this is a prime example of Freemasonry being at the very heart of the communities that we live and work in.

“It is fantastic that these grants, which are presented four times a year, are giving a helping hand to organisations across our province.

“I’m also very proud to say that the money from this fund is all raised locally by our members.”

The grants, ranging from £500 up to £5,000 are presented on a quarterly basis and the recipients are nominated by Masonic Lodges across Yorkshire. The money will go towards equipment essential and specific to each organisation.

Stride Theatre Ltd in Wakefield will use £790 to buy a digital camcorder and chairs. The Art House in Wakefield will put its £2,000 grant towards an infrared hearing system.

Castleford Male Voice Choir will use £1,400 for formal dress sweaters.

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