Freemasons’ cheque boosts primary school
Help for autism unit
Cathkin Primary School have received a cheque for £2500 from Lanarkshire Freemasons.
The cash will be used to support work with children with additional education needs in the school’s autistic spectrum unit.
The donation is part of a total of £10,000 raised through an appeal set up by Bro. Tom Davidson, Provincial Grand Master of Lanarkshire Middle Ward.
Bro. Davidson was pleased to be accompanied at the presentation by Councillor Pam Clearie, depute Provost of South Lanarkshire, and brethren from Cambuslang and Blantyre lodges.
Head teacher Joanne McLean accepted the gift which will be used by the school’s Autistic Spectrum Unit.
Ms McLean said: “Thank you very much for all your effort – this is a fabulous amount and will make such a big difference to the children within our unit.
“We’re doing a lot of work on communication, social and emotional needs and this will help with resources and a lot of equipment which means our staff will be able to help the children act more effectively.”
The Provincial Grand Master said: “The brethren and lodges have again risen to the challenge and given their generous support to young people in our province.
“I know from the response to the appeal that the brethren of the province were very supportive of the work carried out by the teachers and staff of the schools.”
In addition to donations from lodges and individuals, the brethren had taken part in sponsored cycle rides, 10k races and special social events to raise the funds.
This was in addition to the usual charitable work of the individual lodges who continued to support a wide variety of non- masonic charities to the extent of more than £50,000 per year in the province.
Chequing in Provincial Grand Master Bro Tom Davidson hands over the cheque to Joanne McLean, head teacher of Cathkin Primary School as representatives from local lodges and pupils look on