The Provincial Grand Master awards a WAKE Fund donation to Austin Farm Primary School, nominated by The Lodge of St George No.2025.
I am delighted to convey the excellent news I have received from W.Bro Richard Walker, Assistant Secretary of the Provincial Benevolent Fund confirming our successful application to the 'William Alexander Kneel Endowment' (WAKE) Fund on behalf of Austin Farm Academy Primary School, to help provide Laptops for school children with physical disabilities who need this equipment to aid their learning and development.
As you will probably remember we presented the School with a cheque for £750.00 for the purchase of laptops for the cause mentioned above, which was warmly received by the school and very emotional for those of us that were present.
For some of the newer Brethren that may not be aware, this is what the WAKE fund is about:
The William Alexander Kneel Endowment (WAKE) Fund was originally the idea of the late Provincial Grand Master Bill Kneel who wanted to create an invested fund, the annual income from which would be applied in the form of disbursements to both masonic and local charitable organisations within the County of Devon.
The WAKE Fund is part of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Devonshire Benevolent Fund, a registered charity and is a permanent endowment valued at approximately £1.8m. Income received from the investments is available to the Trustees for distribution.
The Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. Ian Kingsbury will be making a very generous donation to the Austin Farm Academy Primary School, on behalf of the Devonshire Freemasons on Friday 1st June 2018.
When submitting the WAKE fund application we were able to confirm that our recent charitable donations were not limited to, but included:
- Alzeimers £100
- Austin farm £750
- PGL Benevolent Fund £1000
- PGM Fund £500
Since then W.Bro Paddy has made a grant of £1,200 to Leigham Primary School for a Defibrillator and to pay for the Staff to be trained on using the lifesaving device.
I can only thank our hard working Charity Steward W.Bro Paddy Young for his continued hard work as Charity Steward (amongst many other roles), and to you our Brethren, we are only a small lodge, but with the hard work you have all put in and your kind generosity is astounding, and it is making a difference to people's lives.
We should all be proud of our achievements.
Yours Sincerely and Fraternally
W.Bro I B Southcott
The Lodge of St George No.2025