Tim Wheeler, a member of the Kingsgate Masonic Lodge in Broadstairs, has donated a total of £1,650 to local charities. The money was raised by members of his lodge during his year as its Master.
£400 was donated to the 1st Broadstairs (Holy Trinity) Guides to help buy camping equipment. They needed a canopy so they can have a dry area to eat in when it rains and for their activities. It also funded some neckerchiefs for church parade, as they are no longer an official part of the uniform. The donation was prompted because Tim believes Guides are a great institution. It provides girls with positive role models, shows them that it is good to help others and allows them to enjoy themselves in an unpressurised way.
Both of his daughters went to the 1st Broadstairs and they really enjoyed themselves. His eldest daughter has continued to stay involved with the movement and is now a leader in a new pack in Manchester where she now lives. It also helped her to settle in to the new area. He stated that for both girls it let them make new friends, gain confidence in a safe environment and developed them as individuals. He thought a donation to the Guides would be put to good use and assist them in continuing to help local families.
Tim’s second donation was to help the Garden Gate Project, a charity offering horticultural therapy to adults with mental illness and/or learning difficulties. They are situated in a one and a half acre walled garden within Northdown Park, Cliftonville. (www.thegardengateproject.co.uk).
At a recent meeting of the Kingsgate Lodge, Tim Mountford of the charity gave members a fascinating insight of the work carried out by the charity. It uses horticulture to improve the quality of life of people living in Thanet, who are experiencing social exclusion through mental ill health, and /or learning disability. Earlier at a barbeque held at the Garden Gate Project, Tim Wheeler had donated £250 to this charity. Following his talk, Tim Mountford was presented with a further cheque for £500. The donation will help fund the ongoing work on their ‘Arts & Crafts’ cabin, which facilitates arts and crafts activities. It is also used for 1-2-1 therapy sessions and ‘Recovery through Activity’ courses with their Occupational Therapist. In particular, the donation will contribute to the installation of solar lighting so that they can get the most out of the facilities during the shorter winter days.
Finally, in the not-too-distant future, Tim is arranging to present a cheque for £500 to the Pilgrim’s Hospice to complete his charitable donations on behalf of the lodge. One of the objectives of the freemasons of the Province of East Kent is to help the local community and Tim’s donations just add to the valuable support they provide to worthy causes and non-masonic charities.
Report and photos courtesy of Peter Dickinson.