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Community Support Grant £1,000
“Bede’s Helping Hands,” are a volunteer run organisation operating a food bank, based in Jarrow, South Tyneside where they provide food support and services to the local area.
The charity services include food parcels, shopping support, well-being ...calls, along with clothing and furniture support to the local community while helping other charities.
Bede’s Helping Hands pride themselves in putting the community first by helping residents who are desperately in need of their services.
Local Freemason’s from Jarrow Grange Lodge based in Jarrow along with guidance and advice from Freemason Billy Armstrong resulted in donations being raised to support the charity which were match funded by Durham Benevolence to a splendid total of £1,000.
Representing the Freemason’s of Durham, Kevin Carter and Billy Armstrong met up with the charities founder Tracy Beaton and assistant Susan Collier to present a certificate to accompany the much-needed donation.
Tracy sends thanks to the Freemason’s of Durham saying, “the funding will be used to continue to provide food parcels including fresh fruit and vegetable packs to local families. The project aims are to support disadvantaged and vulnerable families by helping them to access healthier foods with a view to improving their wellbeing. We pride ourselves on being more than a Food Bank; it’s all about care in the community.”

Buttercup has had a busy day. After dropping our Teddies off at Bishop Auckland Hospital Urgent Care, she then headed over to Darlington Memorial Hospital A&E. There she met up with Nurses Ripa and Joni. Then she popped across to Ward 21 where Ward Clerk Eve and Student Nurse Eleanor where on ...hand to take our Teddies. Nice work Buttercup 🐻

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Earlier in the year Denton Dene parkrun were £1k short of the funds needed to get up and running. Our friends at Northumberland Freemasons made up the shortfall with a grant from their provincial charity and today the Durham Freemasons running group attended event #15 where we were joined by PGLN ...Deputy Provincial Grand Master Kevin Stannard, AsstProvGM Gordon Craigs, Prov Mentor David Stockdale to see and experience the benefits of this masonic charity grant in action. It’s a really friendly and welcoming 2 lap undulating course through some spectacular urban countryside with enthusiastic high-fiving marshals and we loved it. We’ll be back.