Freemasons steam ahead with charity drive

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MK Freemasons are raising cash for disabled children, after the government slashed funding for a world class centre for young people with autism.

The eight lodges and three chapters at the Masonic Centre in Queensway, Bletchley, are hoping to generate up to £5 000 for the Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children, which helps families in Berks, Bucks and Oxon.

The Henley based charity specialises in short-breaks and day care for youngsters with learning difficulties and complex medical health needs.

But the centre’s vital work with 85 families across the Thames Valley is being put at risk because of government cuts.

Now the freemasons are hoping to help close the funding gap by staging a family fun day at Fawley Hill, Henley, owned by Sir William McAlpine, on May 20, from 11am.

A £15 ticket will enable visitors to ride on one of the most exclusive private railways in the world, started by Sir William in 1961.

The Deputy Head of MK and Bucks Freemasons, Clifford Drake, says: “This is just the ticket to provide care for nearly 100 disabled children, and reflects our values of friendship, decency, and charity.”

More details from www.buckspgl.org/chiltern