Cheque boosts charity’s holiday home fund

Thank you ... Lin Berwick receives the �15,000 cheque from Suffolk Grand Master Barry Ross, watched by Provincial Grand Charity Steward Peter Gosling and trust supporters.
Thank you ... Lin Berwick receives the �15,000 cheque from Suffolk Grand Master Barry Ross, watched by Provincial Grand Charity Steward Peter Gosling and trust supporters.
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A £15,000 donation will help a charity to build its third holiday home for people with severe disabilities.

The grant from the Freemasons’ Grand Charity was handed over to the Sudbury-based Lin Berwick Trust on Monday.

Founder Lin Berwick was presented with a cheque by Suffolk Grand Master Barry Ross, and Provincial Grand Charity Steward Peter Gosling.

It will cost £400,000 to build the state-of-the-art house near Looe, on land leased from the Duchy of Cornwall. So far the trust has raised almost £150,000.

The Prince of Wales signed the lease and has donated £1,000 from one of his personal charities.

Holiday homes purpose-built for disabled people and their carers have already been established in Norfolk and Scotland.

The new house will be named after Lin’s late husband, Ralph Boyce, the trust’s chairman for 17 years, who died in February after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Project manager John Toosey said: “The donation from the Freemasons will make a big difference. We are very grateful for their generosity.

“Our existing homes are occupied 40 weeks of the year, while the average is 22, which shows how much they are needed.”