The Provincial Grand Master of The Province of West Kent (Mark Estaugh) and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master of East Kent (Mark Bassant) recently presented a cheque for £135000 to Royal British Legion Industries on behalf of the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF).

The Chief Executive Brigadier Steve Sherry CMG OBE and Mr Will Campbell-Wroe – Director of Care and Welfare expressed their pleasure in receiving such a wonderful sum of money.

They gave us a briefing on the aims and work of the RBLI which does much wonderful work in the areas of rehabilitation of ex-servicemen and women and in addition offers employment opportunities via “Britain’s Bravest Manufacturing Company”. When you add to this happy mix the health and pastoral care that is available on site along with the homes provided one begins to understand the importance of the work done by these dedicated people.

If you have not already been to see this wonderful resource in action do go!

Mark Estaugh of Kent Freemasons, said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to help the veterans in the RBLI village to get access to a wide range of activities, helping them keep their independence and improving their quality of life.

“These are people who have given a tremendous amount to our country and we’re proud to be able to give something back to them.”

Steve Sherry CMG OBE, Chief Executive of RBLI, said: “With 100 years’ experience, we have produced a pioneering model of care, which is both cost effective and replicable, and which can help veterans overcome multiple challenges at once.

“Our STEP-IN programme tackles the growing demand for integrated care, and encompasses health, social care, welfare and employment in one single place to help the country’s most vulnerable veterans turn their lives around more quickly. And this generous gift from the Masonic Charitable Foundation will help us to support more veterans.”