At a recent meeting of The Benevolent Masonic Lodge, which meets in Wells, members were delighted to present a cheque for £600 to the charity, TS5C.
TS5C supports young athletes in Somerset to reach a standard of excellence which will help them secure inclusion in a national squad or ultimately Team GB.
The financial pressures that are placed upon families of young aspiring athletes can be overwhelming and it is vital that help is provided if they are to reach their sporting potential. TS5C provides grants to help with training and ancillary costs as well as supporting a series of wheelchair basketball teams across the county.
The Master of the Lodge, Nigel Dovell, presented the cheque to TS5C Chairman, Alan Gloak MBE, and 19 year old athlete Brodie Williams, a top British ranked swimmer who proudly wore his gold medal from the recent European Games 2018.
On presenting the cheque, Nigel said: “This year we are celebrating 250 years of Freemasonry in Somerset and we are pleased to be able to contribute to this excellent cause. Anything that helps young people to thrive and excel, and to pursue their dreams has got to be worth supporting.”
The charity was originally founded in 2007 in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games. Over the years it has distributed funds and grants to young Somerset athletes, aged between 14 and 22 years, both able bodied and disabled. The charity currently supports 21 athletes in disciplines ranging from handball to trampolining.
“I’d like to extend all our thanks for such a wonderful gift,” continued Alan. “TS5C relies completely on the generosity of local groups, businesses and individuals.”