The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Alan Wellan, accompanied by the Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W Bro John Hayward visited the headquarters of the Addington Fund in Barford, Warwickshire, where they were greeted by Mrs Sheila Cole, Chairman of the Trustees, and W Bro Roger Wyatt, a trustee of the Fund and prominent Warwick Freemason.
The purpose of the visit was to present a cheque for £15,000 to the fund, on behalf of the Freemasons’ Grand Charity.
Being a national charity covering England & Wales, the Addington Fund was set up in 2001, in the aftermath of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease. It provides homes for farming families who have to leave the industry and by doing so will lose their home. It also offers emergency grants in times of hardship and provided support to those affected by the severe flooding in Cornwall in 2007.
The Grand Charity has been able to support the fund on previous occasions and in this instance, the cheque will form part of a project in Ruthvoes, Cornwall, where redundant barns are being converted into further homes. Rental income from properties is sufficient to cover the basic administration of the Fund and the costs of the property portfolio. This allows all donations to be invested in further properties, adding to the asset base of the fund.
Full details about the fund can be seen on their website here
(l-r) Roger Wyatt, Sheila Cole and Alan Wellan.