R.W Bro Ian Kingsbury, Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire together with Dr. Reuben Ayres Provincial Grand Charity Steward invited Roy Grantham chair of trustees for Unite-Carers in Mid Devon to meet them in the Masonic Hall at Uffculme recently to make a presentation of a certificate celebrating the grant of £3000 made to them by the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) when they heard of the superb work undertaken by the charity.
“Unite – Carers in Mid Devon” are a charity based in Tiverton which started in 2003 with the express intention of supporting unpaid carers young and old. To adult carers they offer, through their magnificent team of volunteers, advice, bereavement counselling, IT support and home visits. As well a 1:1 befriending service they also run a number of support groups where carers can meet others in similar circumstances for discussion, advice and companionship. They run a Memory café twice a month where dementia sufferers and their carers can meet in pleasantly relaxed atmosphere.
They offer young carers up to the age of 18 respite activities through club nights once a month at Tiverton, Cullompton and Crediton to enable them to build their resilience and improve their future life chances and monthly outings to varied and exciting places. Unite are also involve in a Devon wide consortium which runs a programme called “Bright Futures” the aim of which is to support young adult carers between the ages of nineteen and twenty-five a period in the lives of most young people where they are subject to many stresses and strains on top of their caring duties.
When presenting the framed certificate Ian Kingsbury said
“The Freemasons in Devon take great pleasure in being able to help local Devon based charities like “Unite – Carers of Mid Devon” knowing the work they do in our community could not be continued without the financial support of organisations like the Freemasons. We are proud to be able to help those who are often a hidden group of selfless people who give up a large part of their lives to help others around them.”
On receiving the certificate Roy Grantham chair of trustees of Unite - Carers in Mid Devon said,
”The grant so generously given by the Freemasons will make a significant contribution to meeting our budget requirement for 2018/2019. Our charity gets no central or local government funding so grants like this one are vital in the struggle to keep the important work we do alive and kicking.”
Photo L to R shows Rt. W. Bro. Ian Kingsbury JP, Roy Grantham CEO. Unite Carers and W. Bro. Dr. Reuben Aryes.