Berkshire Freemasons delivered 100’s of toys to Reading Family Aid who work with children and families across Reading. The charity will deliver these to brighten up Christmas for children who they’re helping in very trying circumstances.
The toys have been sourced and donated by The Berkshire Masonic Charity, the charity of Berkshire Freemasons. It is funded entirely by the Freemasons and their families.
Reading Family Aid Reading goes back a long way. The original idea came from a group of people helping young mothers at Katesgrove House in Reading in the 1970s and 1980s. It is staffed entirely by volunteers and run by a small committee. We don’t employ any staff or maintain any premises, so we’re able to keep our overheads to a minimum. We spend all the money that we raise on our programme of activities for the children and families we support.
Ruth Perkins, chair of Reading Family Aid said: “This fantastic donation will really make a huge difference to so many families over the Christmas Period. We packed 204 bags today – only another 750 to go!”
Anthony Howlett-Bolton, the leader of Berkshire Freemasons said: “We have supported Reading Family Aid’s Christmas toy appeal for several years and fully support the fabulous work they do for children, families and their carers across Reading. What they do to bring some happiness at this festive season is superb.”