Each year the Leigh Group Charity gives one of its lodges the opportunity to distribute a sum of money to a local good cause.
This year that privilege fell to Atherton Lodge No 4488. With that announcement, and subsequent discussions, Tom Houston suggested a recently formed Leigh charity, Shoulder to Soldier, would be a worthy recipient of this year’s donation, the magnificent sum of £1,000.
Formed in June 2017, Shoulder to Soldier is committed to providing support, practical advice, financial relief and social welfare for those who are serving or who have served in the armed forces. It was a veteran who suggested the use of an allotment to help improve mood and motivation.
Very much a veteran led project, the allotment has already been visited by a team of 10 ex-servicemen plus one current serving member. Everyone who wishes to will have a role in the project and the ex-forces engineers are already using their skills to design the layout which will take into account disabled veterans.
Linda Fisher, founder of Shoulder to Soldier, said: “The allotment is already proving very beneficial and will help improve health and well-being, team building and getting our guys out and about to meet and socialize with new people. It is fantastic.”
Tom, in conjunction with Linda were determined that the opening of a new Remembrance Garden, which was attended by the Mayor of Warrington Cllr Karen Elizabeth Mundry, would be a fitting occasion for the presentation of the donation from the Leigh Group of Masons.