A Cambridge-based freemasons lodge has donated more than £1,000 to a disability charity in memory of a former colleague.
The Kynaston Lodge 5810 chose to support Papworth Trust’s OWL Centre to pay tribute to past-master Stuart Hamilton who had a close connection with the charity.
Lodge members said they were delighted to raise so much money over the last year which will be spent on improving IT facilities supporting disabled people at the Pampisford-based centre.
Andrew Fordham, worshipful master at the lodge, said: “Supporting local charities is an important part of our work.
“We raise all our money internally – through raffles and collections – and I am very proud that we have raised so much in memory of Stuart. I would like to thank everyone who supported the fundraising over the year.”
Bob Wordsworth, Lodge almoner, said: “Charity-giving is an important part of all freemasons and when you walk around the OWL Centre and you see for yourself how it is helping, we know the money we have raised will be put to good use.”
The OWL Centre offers a range of leisure and learning activities to disabled people as well as restoring and selling bikes and their popular range of Christmas trees – with all money raised going back into the centre.
Rob Brierley, senior service manager at Papworth Trust, said: “We are so grateful to every member of the Kynaston Lodge 5810 who have contributed to this fantastic donation.
“Improving our IT facilities, by installing wi-fi and buying tablets, has long been on the list for the OWL Centre as this kind of technology can be crucial in supporting the services we offer to disabled people as well as providing digital safety advice.
“We want to make sure that the services we provide are relevant to real life and technology is of course a huge part of people’s lives.”
Kynaston Lodge 5810 has around 65 members across Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Norfolk.
For more information on the OWL Centre visit http://www.papworthtrust.org.uk/locations/owl-centre-london-road or call 01223 835329.