England – Freemasons help disadvantaged children
(by Lewis Clarke, DevonLive, 26 May 2019)
For many of the visiting children, the true cost of this fully immersive seven-day stay is beyond their reach, so the charity subsidises every single child’s visit by at least £300
More than 200 disadvantaged children will experience life on a real working farm, thanks to a grant of £63,000 from Devonshire Freemason’s to Farms for City Children.
The charity’s founders, acclaimed Warhorse author Sir Michael Morpurgo and his wife Lady Clare, were both at Nethercott to welcome members of the Devon Freemason’s and also took time to read to the visiting children from an inner city Plymouth School a story from one of his latest books. The charity welcomes over 3,000 primary school children and their teachers each year from disadvantaged urban areas to one of their three farms in Devonshire, Gloucestershire and Pembrokeshire.
During their seven day stay, the children live and work on the farm, explore the countryside around them and find out where food comes from. They also discover self-confidence as they conquer fears and grow in self-belief as they overcome challenges working as a team to get tasks done. They develop new friendships and learn to see a bigger, brighter future than they ever thought existed beyond their crowded city horizons.
For many of the visiting children, the true cost of this fully immersive seven-day stay is beyond their reach, so the charity subsidises every single child’s visit by at least £300.
The grant of £63,000 from Devonshire Freemason’s comes through…