Every Spring and Autumn Freemasons from around Devon gather to give support totalling £40,000 to local organisations who are in need of assistance, among which this year included “Illfracombe Y Sail” encouraging young people to take up sailing as a sports experience.
The money is raised through the “WAKE Fund” a trust conceived by the Right Worshipful Brother William Alexander Kneel, our Provincial Grand Master from 1970 to 1984, the late owner of Kneels laundry & dry cleaners. This fund now stands at £1.8 million the interest earned is given annually to local non masonic organisations who are in need of help. Since the first disbursement in 2001 over £575,000 has been given to over 670 worthy causes selected by members of the 137 Masonic lodges based in the county.
This year on Friday 16th October, The Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury JP. Provincial Grand Master for Devonshire presented cheques to 23 deserving causes. Meeting at The Masonic Hall Trafalgar Lawns Barnstaple, the charity representatives accompanied by a Mason from their nominating lodge were able to enjoy a buffet supper, have a look around the building and receive their cheques totalling the magnificent sum of £20,000. Making the contributions Ian Kingsbury said “I am delighted that the Freemasons of Devon are able to contribute to these important local causes many of which are totally run by volunteers and hopefully these donations will make a real difference.
The attached photograph shows our very own Richard Cottrell, Fundraising Manager, receiving the cheque” from Ian Kingsbury accompanied by The Excester Lodge No.6228 , W.Bro R. Woods & W.Bro P Shrimpton