Action on Addiction receives £30,000 from Wiltshire Freemasons

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Wiltshire Freemasons presented a cheque for £30,000 to a south Wiltshire based charity to expand a service trialled locally to help families affected by substance abuse.

East Knoyle and Cloud's House is home to local charity Action on Addiction which has been given the cash to put towards their M-PACT scheme, working with children and parents who have drug and alcohol issues.

It's hoped this money, which has come from the Freemasons' Grand Charity, will mean the charity can roll the service out across the country.

Nick Barton is Action on Addiction's chief exec and says that without it, an expansion wouldn't be possible:

'All these things unfortunately cost money. It's complicated and important work and requires very skilled people to do it. We do need the resources in order to develop the work and we're trying now to spread it around the country.

'We started it here in Wiltshire, tested it out and had very good results, so now we've set out to spread it around.'

Peter Winton, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Wiltshire representing the Freemasons' Grand Charity said:

'The Freemasons' Grand Charity is dedicated to supporting organisations such as Action on Addiction, which repeatedly demonstrate innovative ways of helping the people they seek to assist. Freemasons in Wiltshire are community-minded and therefore we are delighted that we can provide this support for local children and their families.'

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