The Cumbria Freemasons have been working with two other lodges to support care home residents in the north east. 

The Freemasons have been helping residents of Scarborough Court to have new interactive activities installed in their centre. 

Freemason Neil Dixon said: "Sacarborough Court is part of the RMBI which is Royal Masonic Benevelont Institute which was set up back in 1850. 

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"This then amalgamated with the Masonic Charitable Foundation in 2016. There are 18 care homes in England and Wales which supports elderly people with residential care and nursing. 

"Normally we will fundraise for these care home centres and support them and we usually do fundraisers, but then Covid happened and this has a massive effect on our work. 

"Scarborough Court put an appeal out to ourselves as well as Northumbria Freemasons and Durham Freemasons. We all came together and raised £9000 to buy activity sets for the residents to use. 

"They've now been provided and they're getting used, they're really valued and the residents are getting so much benefit out of them."

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Stacey Hunter, Activities team at Scarborough Court added: "I would just like to say a huge thank you on behalf of residents at Scarborough Court for the kind donation of the activity tables.

"They arrived on Friday and already everyone has had such fun using them, It has been great to see residents coming along to the tables and learning how to use them."