Building for the Future, a Wokingham based parent led charity providing activities, support and therapy for children with disabilities and/or additional needs and their families has benefited from one of a series of special Community Awards from Berkshire Freemasons following an unprecedented public vote of 178,801 votes across England and Wales.
The Community Awards are a major part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, with the public vote deciding on the range of Awards from £4,000 to £25,000. The £3million fund is being administered by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which obtains all its funding from Freemasons, their families and friends.
Julian Pacey, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Berkshire Freemasons, his wife Sara and Provincial Almoner David Jarvis visited the charity to make the £6,000 presentation to trustee Peter Wood. Julian commended the charity for their work and all those who had worked tirelessly fundraising for seven years leading to the centre opening in 2014
Jane Holmes, CEO of Building for the Future said: “Thank you so much for this! We are beyond grateful and very pleased to have been awarded such a great sum of money to help us. We are delighted with the result, Building for the Future is celebrating its tenth birthday this year and it’s a great birthday present.”
Martin Peters, Provincial Grand Master for Berkshire Freemasons said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate three hundred years of Freemasonry by helping excellent local charities like Building for the Future. We’ve been active in charity work for all that time but this is the first occasion we’ve asked the public to help us decide how to spend our money. We are very pleased that so many people from Berkshire took part in the vote.”