Good causes in our area were among those who benefited from more than £90,000 handed out by the Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons during a ceremony in late September.
The awards evening took place at Freemasons’ Hall in Leicester on Saturday, September 26, and saw 24 charities, projects and good causes given much-needed grants.
Lutterworth Community Transport Community Bus Scheme was among those – receiving £2,000 which will provide enough funds for weekly lunch and social activities for people living in Walcote.
Stephen Jeffries said: “We are enormously dependent on funding and this award will help us to keep the operation going.”
St Mary’s Church in Broughton Astley was granted £2,000 to provide a new heating system.
The Rev Sharon Constable said: “I would like to thank the Freemasons of Leicestershire and Rutland very much for this donation.
“Having a new heating system is going to make such a difference so that we can offer our space, not just as a place to worship, but also for the whole community to use.”
Head of the Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons, David Hagger, said: “Freemasonry is one of the biggest contributors to UK charities and the generous donations we have given locally were raised by our members themselves through contributions and social events.
“We continue to raise funds for a large variety of good causes as well as contributing to society and these grants are a wonderful example of the generosity of Freemasons.”
Among the other groups receiving grants were the University of Leicester.
Dr Kevin Harris, interim dean of the medical school, was pleased to receive an award of £50,000 towards the building of the university’s new Centre for Medicine which will provide a state-of-the-art academic research and teaching environment for medical students.