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West Boldon Forest Playschool

In a heartwarming display of community support, the Durham Freemasons, represented by John Watts, and the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), represented by Duncan Maw, made a to West Boldon Lodge Forest Playschool. Alongside Allan Britton, on their visit, John, Duncan, and Allan were treated to an insightful tour of the facilities, guided by Aylen, Fiona, and Jasmin. The day was marked by memorable moments, including John engaging with the children in a storytelling session, while Duncan lent a hand in the gardens. This collaboration exemplifies the spirit of giving and the profound impact it can have on the development of young lives.

A generous grant of £35000 from the MCF will underpin the Forest Playschool’s efforts at their 13 Hectare haven, a natural tapestry of woodlands and wetlands. The program’s weekly outdoor sessions are a beacon of exploration and growth, inviting children to immerse themselves in nature, forge friendships, embrace new experiences, maintain physical activity, and cultivate self-assurance and adaptability by directly interacting with the great outdoors. The overarching mission is to level the playing field, offering every child a head start in life that rivals that of their more privileged counterparts.

An estimated 120 children and their families from South Tyneside stand to gain from this philanthropic gesture. Courtesy of the Durham Freemasons, these fortunate recipients will enjoy the privilege of participating in two complimentary Forest Playschool sessions each week for the duration of the next three years.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation, sustained by the contributions of Freemasons, their families, and benevolent friends throughout England and Wales, played a pivotal role in securing this funding.

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