£1,000 for Take Heart from Essex Freemasons

Essex Freemasons have donated £1,000 to Take Heart, a Southend based charity which, for over a quarter of a century, has been providing community support for those with heart health problems.

The money, £500 of which was donated by members of Rochford Kindred Daylight Lodge, matched by a further £500 from the Essex Freemasons Community Fund, will be used by the charity to help those recovering from or facing heart surgery or other related conditions.

There has been a close association between the Lodge and the Charity for some years which is why it attracted support from members.

Paul Halley, Chairman of Take Heart commented: “It is donations like these which have also helped us to raise in excess of £300,000 since we started. These proceeds have been used to purchase vital equipment for the local coronary care unit at Southend General Hospital along with Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) at Basildon alongside our community work.”

 The donation was handed over to Take Heart in a short ceremony at Saxon Hall attended from left to right: Paul Halley, committee member Angela Pyne, Martin Howse, Assistant Provincial Grand Master and Keith Holdsworth from the Lodge.

“We have set aside £120,000 in community funding to support our Lodges who in turn are supporting dozens of local charities such as Take Heart in every part of Essex,” said Martin Howse.

“Freemasonry like many organisations might be in shutdown at the moment, but our charitable work still continues and I delighted that we have been able to support Rochford Kindred Hundred Lodge and a charity that is close to their hearts in more ways than one.”