Buckinghamshire Freemasons have generously donated £5,000 to the Newport Pagnell based national charity The Association of Young People with M.E.
The charity provides support for children and young people aged up to 26 who have M.E. /CFS.
The donation was made via the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), whichis funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families,
The Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country and supports hundreds of local causes and charities throughout the UK every year.
“M.E. causes a wide range of symptoms, including intense tiredness, aches and pains, and can make it very difficult to concentrate or perform everyday tasks easily,” said Mary-Jane Willows, AYME CEO.
“We are extremely grateful to Bucks Freemasons and the MCF for this most generous donation as it will really help in our continuing work to bring more awareness of this condition to a wider audience.”
She added: “In the 20 years since we were founded we have helped more than 10,000 children and young adults and this donation will be used in our ‘Children in Distress’ programme to help alleviate the symptoms of those youngsters who are particularly badly affected or are seriously ill.”
Gordon Robertson, Head of Freemasonry in Buckinghamshire added: “We are very pleased to assist AYME with this donation and hope that their important work will continue to raise awareness of this debilitating illness. It is also one of the many and varied ways in which Bucks Freemasons’ core values of Friendship, Integrity and Charity are used to benefit all the members of our community.”