THE BLETCHLEY Freemasons group has won praise for helping to transform the lives of people suffering with spinal cord injuries.
Regular donations have been made by members of the 13 groups over the past few years to the Freemasons Grand Charity during meetings held at the Masonic Hall in Queensway, Bletchley.
Now it has been agreed that the Spinal Injuries Association will receive £29,000 over the next three years.
The first payment of £9,000 was handed over to the association by assistant head of Bletchley and Bucks Freemasons, Mike Stimson, when he visited the charity at its headquarters in Oldbrook.
Mr Stimson said: “I am so grateful to the Bletchley Freemasons and other Grand Charity donors who have made this all possible.
“They have really lived up to our values of friendship, decency, and charity, as their regular donations, topped up by the Chancellor through Gift Aid, have made a significant difference to this project.
“The effort is all the more praiseworthy since Bletchley has really felt the pinch in the tough economic times over the last few years.”
Paul Smith, executive director of the Spinal Injuries Association, said: “The Bletchley Freemasons’ efforts will enable us to offer support and assistance throughout a paralysed person’s life, increase knowledge and awareness of the causes and consequences of spinal cord injury, and campaign for improved medical and social care.”