The Salvation Army has been working with the emergency services to provide welfare support for a number of stranded lorry drivers caught up in severe traffic delays at Dover and the surrounding areas
Drivers from around Europe found themselves stuck in Kent when France closed its border to the UK, drivers were stranded for a number of days unable to get food or water.
As the situation unfolded and with many lorry drivers unable to return to their loved ones for Christmas, the Freemasons of East Kent were delighted to supply an early Christmas present of £1,000. This money was donated to the Salvation Army local South East team who have already been supplying food boxes to the stranded lorry drivers.
The Head of Group 7, Stephen Salisbury, which covers the Dover area, aware of local Freemasons’ concern for the drivers, was quick to react to support the Salvation Army in their work of supplying food, he said:
'The money is part of a Relief Fund provided by the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons' Charity. The money will help to sustain the Salvation Army in supplying food parcels to the stranded lorry drivers especially over the Christmas period. In these difficult times, we are only too pleased to be able to help and support our local communities and of courses people who find themselves in need.'
Mark Bassant of the Cornwallis Charity said: 'Day to day, Freemasons are among the biggest charitable donors in the UK. East Kent has nearly 6,000 members and 30 centres from Gravesend to Margate and across to New Romney. And whilst the lorry congestion is now ended, it is nice to know that we were able to help in the relief operation.'