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Kingscare grant for £15kIan Kingsbury the Provincial Grand Master of the Devonshire Freemasons visited Kingscare League of Friends in Kingsteighton recently to present a certificate to commemorate the £15,000 grant they have just received from the Devonshire Freemasons via the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF).

Kingscare League of Friends is a small local charity who began life in 1997, working to support older people to become more active socially and physically in their community. The charity provides both targeted and one to one support from trained wellbeing coordinators and more general social services, such as a series of crafting and sports activities, lunch clubs, a memory café in the Avenue Church Newton Abbot run by specialist staff and satellite services in local health centres. In addition, the charity operates a volunteer car transport service for those unable to get around on public transport, a befriending and sitting service for carers and a support service for those transitioning from hospital to home upon discharge, all of which have had to be repurposed and adapted to be able to continue during the current covid19 pandemic.

Kingscare were awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service in 2012, the first group in Teignbridge to do so.

When presenting the certificate after taking a ride in Kingscares London Taxi Ian Kingsbury said,

“When I read about the fabulous work you do here for the residents of Kingsteignton I just had to come and see for myself, The masonic family is well represented in Kingsteignton and Newton Abbot and we sincerely hope this grant of £15,000 goes some way to enabling you to go even further with the incredible work you do.”

In reply Philip Millichamp Chairman of Kingscare & Maggie Bonnell said,

“When we applied for this grant back in February, we had no idea what lay ahead for all of us as the year unfolded. We had started to hear about Coronavirus but had thought restrictions to combat it would be short lived. Ten months on and we are only now beginning to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Meanwhile many of the people we routinely support have been socially isolated all these months and we have had to work in a completely different way to support them. This grant from the Devonshire Freemasons is a massive boost to our response to the crisis and a very welcome bit of good news for which we’re very grateful.”

It was interesting to find that Irene Eden who has been a volunteer driver and shopper for us for some years is also the wife of a Devon Freemason.

The grant from Devonshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

In response to the extraordinary need created by the coronavirus pandemic, Freemasonry is providing special funding of £2.75 million for projects helping those who are particularly affected by the virus. This extra money comes on top of the estimated £45 million given to charity every year by Freemasons.

W Bro Clive Eden PAGDC
Provincial Press Officer