Masons’ helping hand for children

FREEMASONS have donated £50,000 to a charity that will benefit over 3,000 children in Leeds.

The money has been given to The Place2Be to fund a programme for primary and secondary school children.

The charity provides counselling and support within schools for vulnerable children in areas of deprivation.

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It helps young people who are suffering abuse, family breakdown, violence, substance abuse and bereavement and also supports teachers and parents in dealing with emotional and mental health issues.

The aim is to enable children to share their troubles and emotions; increase their self esteem and coping skills; help them communicate more effectively; help them build relationships with others and finally, it is there for young people during a time of need.

Freemason John Clayton, provincial grand master for Yorkshire, West Riding, said: “Providing opportunities to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people is at the heart of our youth opportunities funding programme. The Place2Be works to help young people fulfil their potential in the best way possible, which Freemasons fully support.”