Patrons of Eastbourne and District Mencap, the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, received a donation of £25,000 from the Sussex Mark Masons Benevolent Fund.
The generous donation was presented to the Duke and Duchess at the Hive of Activity Day Centre, Pevensey Road, on May 1 by Michael Newth, Chairman of the Trustees of the Sussex Mark Masons Benevolent Fund and Roger Richardson, the Deputy Provincial Grand Mast of Sussex Mark Master Masons.
They were accompanied by Michael Dent and David Lester, both of whom are Mark Master Masons.
The donation comprised of money from the brethren and also from a legacy by Gordon Thomas, who was a well-respected Mark Mason.
Paul Durrant, Eastbourne Mencap’s Chief Operating Officer, said that the charity, which cares for adults with learning difficulties, was overwhelmed by such a generous donation.
He said the money would be specifically used to install a specialist lift at Sedgemoor and Framley, in Upperton, one of the charity’s residential care homes.
Paul said, “This amount of money will make a massive difference for our residents who have difficulty with mobility. We cannot express how grateful we are for this generosity.”
It was the Duke and Duchess’s second visit to Eastbourne & District Mencap since the Duke was officially announced as patron of the charity last year.
The Duke said, “This donation is incredibly generous and very useful.
“I know everyone at Eastbourne Mencap is very thankful.
“The services Eastbourne Mencap provides for local people and their families are essential to the wellbeing of so many.
“Their care makes such a huge difference to those needing help and support with everyday living as well as their families.
“Eastbourne Mencap enhances the quality of life for so many local people.”
Eastbourne Mencap is currently aiming to raise £500,000 for the refurbishment and upgrade of its Sedgemoor and Framley homes in Eastbourne.
The charity supports more than 100 members locally to live a full and fulfilling life, with equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities.
Eastbourne Mencap provides a range of services from residential care to day care opportunities and family services.
It has two other residential homes in Eastbourne – Arundel Road in Upperton and Greensleeves in Langney.
Its focus for the past few months has however been its charity appeal to raise money to refurbish Segemoor and Framley, a registered residential care home for people with learning disabilities.
The 19 people who live there are aged between 18 and 65 years old and the last check by the Care Quality Commission said that the home was good and gave it two stars.
To donate visit www.eastbournemencap.org.uk