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Freemasons reach out to older people in Stoke

Matt

Older people in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle who attend Father Hudson’s Young at Heart groups will enjoy a happy Christmas knees-up thanks to the generosity of the local Masons, the Etruscan Lodge.

The Lodge donated £300 to help the groups’ Christmas parties go with a swing. The parties are an important event in the Young at Heart calendar with everyone enjoying a meal and entertainment. They allow older people who may be experiencing loneliness to share in festivities with their friends.

Matt Ford, Community Project Co-ordinator, and Christy Acton, Deputy Community Projects Manager, attended the event along with volunteers from other groups that also received donations. Matt was given a sealed envelope with a mystery amount inside, and was pleased to open it and find the generous gift.

Matt said, “We were very honoured to be chosen by the local Masonic Lodge to benefit from a donation. This will help towards Christmas parties for all groups and buying of equipment.”

/media/news/library/dsc_0020-2.jpgA core tenet of Freemasonry is that of becoming involved in local communities and supporting charitable work. The donation to Young at Heart will benefit older people in communities across the Potteries as they reach a hand of friendship to men and women experiencing loneliness and isolation.

Matt said, “For some of the people we work with, this is their only Christmas celebration. The parties mean a great deal to them, allowing them to join in the festivities. We’re grateful that the Masons chose to help older men and women in this way – the donation will certainly brighten their Christmas.”

For more information about Young at Heart, visit the project's page on this website. 

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