TWO Teignbridge organisations were among 20 charities and good causes to receive grants from Freemasons in Devon.

Moretonhampstead Swimming Pool and Teignmouth Volunteering in Health both benefited from the Devon Freemasons distribution of money raised through a trust. 

Twice a year, the Freemason support local organisations needing funding.

The money is raised through the Wake Fund, a trust conceived by William Alexander Kneel, the Head of the Devonshire Freemasons from 1970 to 1984. 

Since the idea was initiated, the fund has grown through the continued generosity of Devonshire Freemasons and wise investments. 

Today it stands at £2.3 million from which the trustees distribute the income generated, currently around £50,000 each year.

Anthony Eldred, Devonshire Freemasons Charity Steward, said: ‘Since the first disbursement in 2001, more than £995,000 has been given by the Devon Freemasons Wake Fund to charities and other worthy causes throughout Devon, selected by the 119 Masonic lodges within the county. 

‘More than 1,000 charities and organisations have benefited since it started. Charity and service to our communities are fundamental principles.

Nicholas Ball, the head of the Devonshire Freemasons presented cheques to 20 local good causes amounting to £25,000.

He said: ‘The two Wake Fund evenings each year are always so special, they bring us much closer to the needs of special groups in the public domain. 

‘This year again did not disappoint. There are some wonderfully kind people working for local charities who do so much to make our communities a better place to live.

'Their stories make us, as Freemasons feel truly humble and we are delighted to continue our support for them. The Freemasons of Devonshire should be very proud of this fund and of the efforts of the Provincial Benevolent committee.’

Moretonhampstead Community Swimming Pool Trust was awarded £1,250 to help with the costs of relining the pool and maintaining it fur the future use of the public.

Volunteering in Health, nominated by the Benevolent Lodge in Teignmouth, also received £1,250 to help volunteer drivers, dementia support, palliative support and a home help service for those suffering with dementia.