Lifeline grant

Lifeline grant to Heel and Toe

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The Durham Mark Benevolent Fund are proud to be able to offer a lifeline grant to the Heel and Toe Children’s Charity.

The Province of Durham Mark Benevolent Fund has helped a wide range of charities over the years. In this Centenary year for the Province of Durham, 64 charities favouring young people have benefited from grants of £1000 each as part of our celebrations. One charity in particular, is Heel and Toe which is based in Chester-le-Street.

The Heel and Toe Children’s Charity provides free conductive education therapy to children with physical disabilities, such as cerebral palsy. They receive no government funding. However, they received a substantial boost following an application to the Mark Benevolent Fund in London a few years ago.

Heel and Toe demonstrated their gratitude to our Province for facilitating this major grant by naming the therapy suite in the Main Centre in honour of Peter Croft. Peter Croft was the previous Provincial Grand Master. Since that time our Provincial Grand Master, Prof D K Wilson, has visited them at the main centre. Both he and D Hanson, Chairman of the Durham Mark Benevolent Fund take a keen interest in the affairs of the charity.

Sadly, the corona virus pandemic has forced the charity to suspend many of its therapy programmes to the detriment of the children and their families. Worse still is that they are now having to consider the possibility of closure.  Their fund raising being in need of a lifeline.

In the hope that it would afford some measure of relief, it was decided to make a grant of £1000. Our photo shows the Past Deputy Grand Master, Frank Rankin, making the presentation to Fundraising Manager, Amanda Tweedy with the very best wishes of the Mark Master Masons of the Province of Durham.

If you want to find out more about “Heel and Toe” or wish to support their activities, please visit their website here.

To find out more about the Mark Benevolent Fund click here

To find out more about the Mark Province of Durham Centenary, click here.