Freemasons help fight childhood cancer

The cheque is presented
The cheque is presented

EASTBOURNE freemasons have helped the Children with Cancer Fund to the tune of £1,600.

For the second time in as many months Jonathan Burnside has presented cheques for money raised by Verity Lodge in Eastbourne during his time as Worshipful Master.

The money was raised by organising a fishing contest, luncheon and the finale of the year, a ladies night.

The Ladies Night was held at the Cavendish Hotel and included a four course meal, entertainment by local band The Saints and a raffle. Fun was had and the dancing went well into the night.

After his year in the chair Jonathan approached the Provincial Grand Lodge of Sussex which agreed to donate an extra £600 to his chosen charity.

Ursula Downton received the cheques on behalf of the charity and said, “We are very grateful to the extraordinary generosity both Verity Lodge and the Provincial Grand Lodge of Sussex has shown.”

Jonathan said, “It was always important for me and Verity Lodge to give to local charities because they are often the ones that struggle to survive because they are lesser known than their national counterparts.

“Cancer touches most families in one way or another so when I heard of the Children with Cancer Fund in Polegate and the great work it does, I knew we had to try and help them in some way.

“We managed to raise a substantial amount which should help to make the lives of some a little more easy and enjoyable.

“I would like to thank everyone involved for all their hard work and generosity.”