Freemasons donate £56,000 to provide support worker at women's service

Nick Ball, Nick Ball, deputy provincial Grand Master for Devonshire, with Laura Fraser-Crewes, Trevi strategic lead

Nick Ball, Nick Ball, deputy provincial Grand Master for Devonshire, with Laura Fraser-Crewes, Trevi strategic lead - Credit: Submitted

Devonshire Freemasons have donated £56,000 to a women's service set up by the late mother of comedian Dawn French that supports more than 550 women and children every year.  

Trevi provides safe and nurturing spaces for women and their children in recovery from childhood trauma, addiction, mental ill health and domestic abuse.

It runs a residential rehabilitation centre, a women’s centre in the community and a residential parenting assessment centre.

Trevi was born from the desire of four drug and alcohol workers - including the late Roma French, mother of Dawn French - in Plymouth to create a unique environment for women and their children experiencing drug and alcohol misuse issues to grow and create positive futures. 

At a recent socially distanced meeting, Nick Ball, deputy provincial Grand Master for Devonshire together with the charity steward Dr Reuben Ayres, presented Hayley Dann with a certificate denoting the £55,931 which will fund a support worker for three years. 

Hayley Dann said: “We are extremely grateful to the Masonic Charitable Foundation and the Devonshire Freemasons for this wonderful donation.  It really means a lot to the entire Trevi team, particularly at this hugely challenging time.” 

The grant from Devonshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales. 

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