When Ian Parkinson became Master of Pilling Lodge, No. 7879, at Preston in West Lancashire, he wanted to help Blackpool-based charity Donna’s Dream House

The charitable trust provides free holiday experiences for children and teenagers with life-threatening illnesses, and for recently bereaved siblings and their families.

At the opening of refurbished accommodation at Donna’s Dream House, Ian presented charity founder Len Curtis MBE with a cheque for £36,755. In addition, Ian presented Len with the keys to an eight-seater minibus, to be loaned to the charity – fuelled, insured and serviced – for an initial period of 12 months.

Lancaster and District Freemasons donated £24,000 for prostate cancer research after a campaign set up by Peter Pemberton, of Pilling Lodge, No. 7879. Jack Bacon, from Prostate Action, said, ‘I am extremely grateful for this magnificent and generous donation from the amazing campaign by the masons of Lancaster and District.’

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