Anthony Henderson, the Provincial Grand Master of Bedfordshire, has shared the various ways in which Bedfordshire Freemasons are supporting those who have been affected by Covid-19 in Bedfordshire
Anthony said: 'Sometimes the best solution to a problem is to provide those on the front line with the finances to help them do what they do best. The local Food Banks tell us that demand has increased by up to 70% compared to last year. To help feed those in need, we have donated £5,500 to four local Food Banks.'
The four Food Banks to have received support are:
- £1,000 has been donated to the Bedford Food Bank, which help feed residents across the Borough of Bedford.
- The Dunstable Food Bank, which supports those who can’t afford to buy food who live in Dunstable and Houghton Regis have also been given £1,000.
- The Need Project which covers Central Bedfordshire from Ampthill across to Stotfold, also received £3,000.
- £500 was given to the Leighton Linslade Food Bank, which covers Leighton Buzzard and Linslade.
Anthony added: 'I was shocked and saddened to learn that there has been a 25% increase in calls to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline since the start of the Lockdown. I understand that there are currently 75 families being cared for by the 5 safehouses in Bedfordshire.
'To help victims of domestic abuse in Bedfordshire, we have donated £1,000 to each of the 5 Domestic Abuse Refuges in the region to support those individuals and/or families who use the facility - sadly often only with the clothes on their backs.'