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£17k grant from Freemasonry will pay to replace 14 specialist beds at Martha Trust's homes including in Deal

A generous five-figure grant will pay for 14 new specialist beds to accommodate the needs of disabled residents living at Martha Trust.

The substantial £16,900 sum has been donated to the Mercury's Charity of the Year based in Deal by the Mark Benevolent Fund for Freemasonry.

Martha Trust's Julie Gaylor and Kerry Banks receive the grant from the Mark Benevolent Fund for Freemasonry
Martha Trust's Julie Gaylor and Kerry Banks receive the grant from the Mark Benevolent Fund for Freemasonry

Provincial grand master Archibald Iain Torrance of the Mark Province of Kent and provincial grand master Roger Richardson of the Mark Province of Sussex presented the sum to staff at their premises at Hacklinge.

It comes amid a funding deficit for the worthy cause which has missed out on holding fundraising events due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Brother Roger Richardson said: "In these uncertain and unprecedented times, inspiring charities such as the Martha Trust, are really feeling the pinch due to the restrictions on fundraising, essential to the lifelong work of the Trust.

"I am therefore proud to represent the Mark Masons of Sussex in this joint presentation with the Mark Masons of Kent, with this grant for essential equipment in support of Martha Trust locations in Kent and Sussex.”

Brother Archibald Iain Torrance of Kent said: "The work they do in support of those in need is first class and I am proud that the MBF has been able to assist by purchasing the specialist beds required."

Deputy chief executive and home manager Julie Gayler said: “We are incredibly grateful for this generous support in the purchase of new specialist beds for our three homes in Kent and East Sussex.

"It is vital that we are able to provide the required specification of bed for all our residents, some of which are of bespoke design.

"This kind donation will truly benefit everyone who lives at Martha Trust.”

Freemasons are the second largest givers to charitable causes under the National Lottery.

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