Leicester Freemasons benefit local charities

Left to right: Richard Bebbington (Wishes 4 Kids) and David Hagger (Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons)

"Absolutely unbelievable" donation given to grant wishes for very ill children

A total of £47,700 was generously donated by Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons to 31 local and national charities at a recent special award ceremony at Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester

The Provincial Grand Master of Leicestershire and Rutland, David Hagger, and Grand Superintendent of the Holy Royal Arch, Peter Kinder, were on hand to present the donations on behalf of the Freemasons.

Leicestershire-based Wishes 4 Kids was one of the main beneficiaries receiving a total of £7,500. Wishes 4 Kids was created to grant a wish for children and youngsters in Leicestershire who are life limited, terminally ill, have experienced life-changing physical or emotional traumas, have suffered major abuse or are diagnosed as HIV Positive. The Charity grants wishes for those of eighteen years and below and has already granted hundreds of wishes for local children.

Richard Bebbington from the charity said: “There is a young lady, 8 years old, who is one of many young children suffering from cancer. She loves Disney but unfortunately she is too ill to travel to Disneyland Paris. This money will grant a VIP ticket for her and her family to go to see Disney on Ice.” He continued: “This donation of £7,500 is absolutely unbelievable which will go to grant at least another 7 or 8 wishes. A huge thank you to the Freemasons.”

In addition, Alderman Newton’s Educational Foundation, which offers financial support to individuals and schools in Leicestershire to help people access education or training opportunities, received £1,500 from the three University Lodges meeting in the Province. Suzanne Uprichard, Trustee, said: “Thank you to the Freemasons for this very generous donation. We have provided grants to many young people to enable them to continue their further education and training who might otherwise been not able to do this.”

Another charity working with children, Takeover Radio 103.2FM which is a community radio station, launched in 2002, that broadcasts across Leicester and around the world online received a donation of £500 from the Royal Arch Freemasons. The donation will assist the radio station in working with young people, aged 8-14, and giving them training in all aspects of the radio industry through their various training schemes.

David Hagger, Provincial Grand Master of the Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons, concluded the meeting by applauding all the charities and their volunteers who give their time to such good causes: “I’m proud that the Freemasons have been able to make a major contribution to society by supporting charities particularly those helping many children and young people in the local community.”