Ellie Pearson and Andrew Tomlinson from the Welcome Centre receive a cheque from West Yorkshire Freemasons

Six charities from across Yorkshire including the Welcome Centre have received grants totalling £109,200 from Yorkshire Freemasons, at their annual Provincial Grand Lodge meeting held this week in Harrogate.

The event took place in the spa town’s Royal Hall, and was followed by a dinner in the The Majestic Hotel which was attended by more than 1,200 members from lodges across North, South, East and West Yorkshire.

The Welcome Centre., Huddersfield received a grant of £11,000 to upgrade IT and telephone equipment as well as to buy a commercial dishwasher. The other charities to receive a grant were Mencap, Demand, Harrogate District Hospitals, Wharfdale District Scouts and Kirkwood Hospice.

Provincial Grandmaster for the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, David S Pratt, said: “It is with tremendous pleasure that we have been able to present these six wonderful charities and organisations with significant grants at our annual meeting.

“All recipients have been nominated by lodges wanting to aid their local communities, with all funds being raised by members themselves.

“We hope that these grants allow the continuation and the enhancement of the wonderful work being done these organisations.”

Rt W Bro Pratt added: “This is a significant year for Freemasons, nationally and regionally. Over the coming months celebrations will be held all over the Province to mark The United Grand Lodge of England’s tercentenary, and our own bicentenary.

“I’m delighted to say that Freemasonry is still very strong in this region, with more than 6,000 members and 200 lodges located in cities, towns and villages throughout the region.

“For the last two centuries we have been very proud of the part that we, as Freemasons, have played in the communities where we live and work, and we will continue do this for many years to come.”

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