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Generous support from West Riding Masonic Charities

  • By Abi Hart
  • 4th August 2021

Recently we received a generous grant of £4,960 from the the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, part of West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd, supported by the Lodge of Dawn.

This grant will go towards purchasing specialist and sensory equipment for our new lending library which is part of our early years support offer. Our families will be able to borrow a variety of items and equipment and will also be provided with support and videos on how to best use the equipment to support their child’s development.

A spokesman for The Lodge of Dawn said: “We are delighted to be able to support a charity right in the heart of our community. Charitable giving and supporting the community are key parts of what makes Freemasonry the force for good that it is. The four guiding principles in Freemasonry are integrity, friendship, respect and charity, and we believe that the fantastic work that Mencap are doing in Leeds with this library project embodies that too”.

Cath Lee, CEO of Leeds Mencap said “On behalf of everyone at Leeds Mencap, I would like to thank the The Lodge of Dawn, West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd and all of the Freemasons of Yorkshire, for the grant recently awarded to us. This grant is the vital last piece in the jigsaw of funding for our new SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) toy and resources library. 

The donation will help us buy some particularly expensive and specialist items for the library that families would never be able to afford by themselves. Families will be able to borrow specialist toys and equipment to support their child to develop their abilities and learn and play at home.

The idea of the library came out of the pandemic when children with learning disabilities were even more isolated than most and their opportunities for intensive developmental  play restricted resulting in their learning falling behind. We realised with the right equipment and support at home families would be able to continue to support their child’s development.  We can’t thank you enough for making this possible.”

Thank you so much for the support.

You can find out more about the Lodge of Dawn here

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