£5k grant to memory mattersA small group of Freemasons descended on the Moments Café in New George Street Plymouth last week to present Kate Smith and Laura Walker the founders of ”Memory Matters” the charity that supports those with memory loss or dementia to present her with a grant of £5049

Memory Matters South West is a Community Interest Company (CIC) who trade for public benefit rather than private gain and all of their projects and services are designed, developed and built on the needs of those affected by dementia. They are a team of dedicated individuals who share an ethos of compassion, kindness, fun and curiosity. The team is led by co-founders Kate and Laura, qualified nurses and social entrepreneurs.

They are champions of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST); a therapy proven to slow the progression of dementia and increase quality of life. They weave this into their services with the guidance of the very people they serve. They work closely with likeminded individuals and organisations in the South West to achieve their goal of ensuring that every person diagnosed with dementia, as well as those close to them, has access to the support they need to continue to lead a happy and fulfilled life.

The grant from the 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.

When presenting a framed certificate representing the grant of £5049 Peter Keaty, Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Devonshire, accompanied by Reuben Ayres the Provincial Grand Charity Steward said, To be able to contribute to the superb work done by Memory Matters gives me and I know all the brethren of the Devonshire Freemasons a great deal of satisfaction, knowing that the work carried out by Memory Matters means so much to so many in the community especially in these difficult times, when it would be so easy to overlook the extra stresses placed on the volunteers and staff as well as the people they care for.

When Replying Laura Walker said, we are extremely grateful to the Devon Freemasons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation for the generosity that they have shown. Although our Community Cafe had to close we were able to continue to support our vulnerable customers online. It is vitally important that we are able to continue to support people affected by dementia during these very unique and uncertain times. The funds will help us to continue to deliver services to support those truly affected and to ensure there is no break in our service. To find out more please visit our website www.memorymatters.org.uk or call 01752 243333.

W Bro Clive Eden PAGDC
Provincial Press Officer