Freemasons fight against brain disease

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MK Freemasons are joining the fight against a debilitating brain disease.

Representatives of the 13 lodges and chapters at the Queensway centre in Bletchley handed over a whopping £5 000 to Parkinson’s UK.

The cash was raised through regular donations, backed up with gift aid, together with funding from their central body, the Grand Charity.

The assistant heads of MK and Bucks Freemasons, Robert Wharton and Peter Moody, presented the money to Tony Vaughan, of Parkinson’s UK.

Mr Vaughan, 65, a retired head teacher, said: “I would like to thank Aylesbury Freemasons in particular for the way they have supported our vital work.

“Their generosity is all the more outstanding because the cash has been raised in the face of severe economic hardship in this part of Bucks, which has worsened in the last few weeks.”

Mr Wharton said: “MK Freemasons take their community responsibilities seriously, and we recognise the terrible effects which Parkinson’s can cause, not just to individuals but to whole families.

“We know at first hand the way Parkinson’s UK have supported people with the disease in MK. It’s our way of thanking their selfless volunteers.”

Mr Moody said: “I am pleased that MK Freemasons have lived up to our goals of friendship, decency, and charity in such a spectacular way.

“Further public spending cutbacks mean it is likely that charitable donations like this will become even more important in the next year or two.”

More on how freemasonry supports the community in MK at www.buckspgl.org.