Cheshire Freemasons Donate £25k to Support Better Lives Centre in Ellesmere Port
Friday 27th July saw a delegation of Cheshire Freemasons, led by Provincial Grand Master RWBro Stephen Blank attend the official opening of the ‘Better Lives Centre’ at the Bridge Wellness Gardens in Ellesmere Port.
The Wellness Gardens, which opened in 2015, have needed a permanent structure at its ‘heart’ for some time. To turn what was a dream into a reality required the support and donations from a number of organisations including Cheshire Freemasons who donated £25,000.00.It’s officially open! L – R Francis Ball, Chairman of Bridge Community Wellness Garden and Farm; Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Simon Palfreyman; Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Paul Massie; Provincial Grand Master, Stephen Blank; Claire Johnson, Manager, Bridge Community Wellness Garden and Farm.
Francis Ball, Chairman of Bridge Community Wellness Gardens and Farm, said: “The opening of the Better Lives Centre would not have been possible without the hugely generous support of a number of major benefactors as well as smaller donations from many other people in our community. It would also not have been possible without the tireless support of our dedicated team.Never a truer sentence – Prov GM Stephen Blank and APGMs Simon and Paul in the gardens.
Since we opened in 2015, we have worked with hundreds of people of all ages, from school children to the long-term unemployed, helping them through what are often extremely difficult times. The Better Lives Centre will enable us to increase the amount of people we can support and the variety of work we can do to help them literally grow their lives.”
Stephen Blank said, “It is inspirational to see the work carried out at the Gardens. The fact it provides both a tranquil place to relax and also operates as a working farm, makes the project invaluable to the community it supports. I have seen the garden project evolve over the years and it is incredible to see how much has been achieved in such a short time. The Better Lives Centre is the icing on the cake and I know I join with many in wishing Francis and his team all the best for the future – long may they make a difference to the lives of those they help.”The gardens in all their splendour.