Boost to meals on wheels initiative

A community initiative providing Sunday lunches for vulnerable and isolated people during lockdown has received a £20,000 boost from the Freemasons.

Tuesday, 7th July 2020, 8:00 am
Left to right: Paul Dunning, Gordon Craigs, Ian Craigs and Jim Grant.

Under strict social distancing rules, members of masonic lodges queue up at Ashington Masonic Hall every Sunday to collect freshly cooked meals which are then delivered to those in need.

Particularly aimed at elderly Freemasons and widows of ex members, meals are being delivered around Ashington, Bedlington and Morpeth.

Organised by Freemasons Paul Dunning and Jim Grant, the service was set to run for 13 weeks but after a donation of £14,240 from the Mark Benevolence Fund from Northumberland Mark Masons and £5,500 from Northumberland Freemasons, the scheme is will run for many months.

Gordon Craigs, the Provincial Grand Master of Northumberland Mark Masons, said: “This service isn’t simply about delivering meals, it’s about connecting people who perhaps don’t see anyone else during the week and letting them know that others care about them.

“The donations will ensure that our volunteers will be able to continue their good work throughout the year.”

For more information about the scheme contact 01670 812300 or 01670 822227.