The Hungerford Lodge of Freemasons has donated £500 to Great Bedwyn School to fund the school’s plan to replace its outdoor climbing frames.
Gilbert Mills, Chairman of the Hungerford Lodge Benevolent Association said, “Many people are not aware that the Freemasons, nationally, are the second largest donors to charity, donating many millions of pounds each year to worthy causes. Our own Lodge has donated in excess of £25,000 over last five years to local organisations and needy individuals. We hope to add to the sum we have given to Great Bedwyn School in the near future.”
Kim Spencer, head of Great Bedwyn School said, “We are delighted to receive this donation. Our existing outdoor equipment is coming to the end of its life and will need replacing soon. School funding is increasingly coming under pressure, so every little helps. We are still some way off our target, but hope to be able to erect the new frame within the next two years. At our recent summer fete, our PTA managed to raise over £9,000 towards our fund but we still need to raise thousands of pounds to cover its cost. Once we have reached our target sum, our children will have a say in what type of playground equipment they would like to have. “