City Freemasons have donated £20,000 to help support people with spinal cord injuries in Milton Keynes.
The Head of Freemasonry in Buckinghamshire, Gordon Robertson, visited the MK-based Spinal Injuries Association on Monday to break the welcome news.
The grant will fund the salary of a Social Care Caseworker, who provides funding advice and case work support for spinal cord injured people to be fully integrated members of society.
The charity helps spinal cord injured people who are not being granted the funding they need or are at threat of having their funding reduced and, in some cases, withdrawn completely.
SIA also provides other services including advocacy, outreach support and telephone counselling.
Sue Browning, SIA Chief Executive, said: “SIA is thrilled that The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has decided to support our Social Care Service. For many spinal cord injured people, getting the right care funding can be the difference between independence and not being able to fully participate in society.”
She added: “This major grant from the Freemasons’ Grand Charity will enable us to offer advice, support and in depth case work to spinal cord injured people who depend on this funding to live independent lives.”
Laura Chapman, Chief Executive of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, said: “Sadly, many people with spinal cord injuries can end up without the support and care they need.
“SIA gives hope to individuals who fear they may never regain independence or live a normal life again. We are delighted to support SIA in the life-changing work they do.”