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In early 2020, just before the Covid pandemic, the Freemasons of Exmouth donated £1,500 to the Exmouth Town Council Beach Wheelchair project. Just over two years later the project has been completed and was launched on Maundy Thursday. David Bassett, Dave Greenaway and Peter O’Connor attended the launch event representing The Sun Lodge, The Rolle Lodge , Per Mare Per Terram Lodge , The Sun Chapter, Amity Lodge of MMM and Bishop Surtees Chapter Rose Croix.

The Beach Wheelchair project is run from a brand new eco-friendly unit on Exmouth’s sea front with access across the road onto the beach. This impressive facility, the first in Devon, has seven beach wheelchairs, two with floats for use in the sea, two for users to swim from and keep alongside, two purely for beach use and a child’s chair designed as a bat mobile! The use of the wheelchairs is free of charge with the option to make a donation. There is a hoist available to transfer the disabled users from their own wheelchairs to the beach wheelchair.

David M Bassett (Charity Steward) from Exmouth’s Sun Lodge commented:

“A fantastic facility for the Exmouth community and visitors alike, which the Freemasons of Exmouth are proud to have been involved with.’’

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Group photograph with W. Bro. Dave Greenaway, Bro. David Bassett and W. Bro Peter O’Connor, and the Mayor of Exmouth Cllr Steve Gazzard sitting in one of the floating beach wheelchairs with the hoist behind and Cllr Jeff Trail, Chairman of Devon County Council on the left of the chair.