Suffolk Freemasons helped raise a smile for members of Ferriers Barn Day Centre – a local day centre for people with disabilities – with an afternoon of fishing
Four years ago, Suffolk Freemasons set up the Masonic Fishing Charity in the county – a charity which takes disadvantaged and disabled groups or individuals with trauma fishing for the day in order to give them a countryside experience.
Suffolk Freemasons provide all this free of charge and many Suffolk schools and groups such as Julian Support and Ferriers Barn have benefited from them. In total, over 1,200 people across the UK each year attend these fishing days, each event costing in excess of £500 which is funded by Freemasons.
The latest event was held at Hintlesham Coarse Fisheries, which had been donated free of charge by its owner, and saw the arrival of 28 people from the Ferriers Barn Day Centre.
They spent a very enjoyable day fishing, with everyone catching plenty of fish. A BBQ lunch was also provided, which was followed by an awards ceremony where all participants received a certificate, medal and a goody bag.
Nikki Goodman from the Day Centre commented: ‘The group volunteering for this event are angels; they dedicate their time to make sure other people, like our members, have a wonderful day and get to experience something which would otherwise be unavailable to them.
‘The joy on our members faces was clear and this event was the highlight of our year. Our staff also had a pretty good time too!'