The Freemasons of Devonshire have demonstrated their commitment to supporting local communities through generous donations.
Twice a year, in spring and autumn, Freemasons from across Devon gather to provide financial aid to various local organizations.
This initiative is funded by the “WAKE FUND,” established by William Alexander Kneel, the former Devonshire Provincial Grand Master. The fund, initially conceived by Kneel, has grown to £2.3 million, allowing for annual distributions of around £50,000.
Anthony Eldred, the charity steward for the Devonshire Freemasons, highlighted that since 2001, the WAKE Fund has donated over £970,000 to more than 1,000 charities and causes in Devon.
Emphasizing the importance of charity and community service as core principles of Freemasonry, Eldred noted the significant impact of these contributions.
In a recent event at Mount Edgcumbe Masonic Hall in Plymouth, Nicholas Ball, the Provincial Grand Master for the Devonshire Freemasons, presented cheques totaling £24,000 to 19 local causes.
Ball expressed his pride in the Freemasons’ efforts and the positive impact of their support on the community.
Among the beneficiaries was Holsworthy Rural Community Transport, which received £1,250 to provide affordable transportation in the rural areas of Devon.
Julia Foster, representing the charity, spoke about the challenges of isolation in these regions and how their services help connect people, reduce loneliness, and improve social networks.
Pete’s Dragon, a charity supporting families affected by suicide and promoting suicide prevention, also received £1,250. This donation will aid in children’s peer support programs.
The Okehampton Argyle Under 10s Football Team was another recipient, receiving funds to cover operational costs and new team kits.
These donations reflect the Freemasons’ dedication to enhancing the well-being of their local communities, supporting a range of causes that address social, health, and recreational needs.