On Tuesday 19th September Provincial Grand Master of Cheshire, Stephen Martin Blank on behalf of the Cheshire Freemasons’ Charity (CFC) , formally presented the keys of a especially adapted 14 seater Mini-bus to Footballing Legend Sir Bobby Charlton, who was delighted to accept them, as President of the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT).
The Freemasons donated a staggering £55,000 to the children’s charity, which enabled them to buy the fully adapted minibus, for transporting terminally ill, disabled and disadvantaged children to their Adventure Farm for holidays and daytrips.
Stephen Martin Blank was joined by Colin Ross and Derek Brook from the Freemasons and were excited to hand over the minibus to CAFT’s Nick Montague and Rob Bashforth. The new vehicle has everything the charity could need to provide safe and comfortable transport for children from all over our region, including a tail lift for children with mobility difficulties, additional doors on both sides and removable seats which will allow space to accommodate up to 3 large electric wheelchairs.
The charity provides holidays, daytrips and Christmas Parties for disabled, ill and disadvantaged children from all over the North West at its converted farmhouse set within 10 acres of land in the heart of the Cheshire countryside. Whilst visiting The Adventure Farm the children take part in activities such as sports, animal care, arts and crafts and music therapy.
Rob Bashforth from CAFT worked closely with the Freemasons on the project, he commented: “We’re absolutely thrilled with our new minibus, it’s amazing! We really cannot thank Cheshire Freemasons enough for this generous gift. We’ve been desperate for this new minibus for quite some time now, it’s much more than just a vehicle to us, it represents independence, comfort and security for children living with disabilities and difficulties that most of us couldn’t comprehend. We’re also grateful to Sir Bobby and Lady Norma for coming over to officially accept the bus on our behalf today, we have lots to be thankful for!”
Stephen Martin Blank, Provincial Grand Master said:“My members give generously to support the community at large, so we are very pleased to be able to have funded the new Mini-bus for the Children’s Adventure Farm, which does an outstanding job supporting disabled and disadvantaged children in our community”