Freemasons from Chelmsford based Lodge of Integrity have pledged their support for a local charity, City of Chelmsford Mencap, with a £1,000 donation to help it get back on its feet after the Covid pandemic
The money, £500 directly donated by Lodge members and the balance provided by the Essex Freemasons Community Fund, will help to make up a major shortfall in events income which has resulted in a significant downturn in the services the charity has been able to provide.
Anthony North, Chair of Trustees at City of Chelmsford Mencap, explained: 'Local fund-raising events would usually have contributed to the cost of classes every day for up to 30 students with learning difficulties.
'This has not been possible because of Covid and our classes have had to be significantly reduced, with many moving online, which in turn has impacted on what we can do for our 80 plus registered members in the Chelmsford area.
'Like many similar organisations we are still facing restrictions and social distancing measures but cannot wait to get our classes back up to full strength and this donation from the Chelmsford Freemasons will make a huge difference.'
Knowing the problems faced by City of Chelmsford Mencap, which is a standalone independent charity, Lodge of Integrity Freemason Chris Davy and Charity Steward Ian Weller spoke to their members who immediately agreed to make a donation. This was immediately supported by the Essex Freemasons Community Fund.
Assistant Provincial Grand Master and a Trustee of the Essex Freemasons Community Fund Revd. Martin Howse, commented: 'We were delighted to match fund the donation from Lodge of Integrity and support a charity that does so much for the local community and sincerely hope that they will soon be able to operate a full service once again.'