Every Spring and Autumn Freemasons from all around Devon meet to support local organisations who require financial assistance, among which are children’s charities, schools, youth centres and locally based charities including hospices, hospital services and cancer charities. The money is raised through the “WAKE FUND”, a trust conceived by William Alexander Kneel, the Devonshire Provincial Grand Master from 1970 to 1984, the late owner of Kneels laundry & dry cleaners (now Johnsons). Since the idea was initiated, the fund has grown through the continued generosity of Devonshire Freemasons and wise investments. Today it stands at £2.3 million from which the trustees distribute the income generated, currently around £50,000 each year.

“Since the first disbursement in 2001, over £970,000 has been given by the Devon Freemasons WAKE Fund to charities and other worthy causes throughout Devon, selected by the 122 Masonic lodges within the county. Over 1000 charities and organisations have benefited since it started. Charity and service to our communities are fundamental principles of Freemasonry. And This Autumn on Friday 10th November 7.30pm at, Mount Edgcumbe Masonic Hall, Citadel Road, Plymouth, Nicholas Ball, the Provincial Grand Master for the Devonshire Freemasons presented cheques to 19 local good causes amounting to £24,000.” - W.Bro Anthony Eldred, Devonshire Freemasons Charity Steward

Liz, Jessica and Josie were delighted to be invited and attend WAKE Fund presentation evening, alongside 19 other fantastic Devon charities, whereby Hearts Together was presented with a very generous donation of £1,250 by R.W.Bro. Nicholas A. Ball, Provincial Grand Master. A big thank you to W.Bro. John Pritchard and the Pelican Lodge No.7878 for nominating us to be a part of this disbursement and for their ongoing support of our cause. This donation will go towards helping us to continue to provide and develop the numerous support services we provide at Hearts Together Hospital Hotel, from our food service, and transport to counselling, all of which can make such a difference for individuals and families during difficult times.

“The two WAKE evenings per year are always so special and bring us much closer to the public. This again did not disappoint. There are some wonderful kind people working for the charities who do so much to make our communities a better place to live. Their stories make us as Freemason's feel truly humble and we are delighted to continue our support for them. The Freemasons of Devonshire should be very proud of this fund and of the efforts of the Provincial Benevolent committee.”  - Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire Freemasons Rt.W. Bro Nicholas Ball: 

Thank you!