Centre celebrates donation and seeks public help to win another £7,000

Centre 81 members with representatives of the East Norfolk Lodge including former Worshipful Master

Centre 81 members with representatives of the East Norfolk Lodge including former Worshipful Master Mark Thompson (far right). Photo: TMS Media - Credit: TMS Media

A marathon-running comeback by a Freemasons member has helped give a £2,000 boost to a Great Yarmouth-based skills and activities centre for people with disabilities.

Centre 81 at Tar Works Road received the cash from the town's East Norfolk Lodge which has more than 100 members.

The centre runs life-enhancing sessions and services for 70 members, as well as a community transport service for 500 passengers.

The lodge regularly helps the centre, and over the past year made it their adopted charity.

The sum came through collections and raffles, and holding an annual barbecue.


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Its Worshipful Master during the year Mark Thompson, who is vice-principal at the Ormiston Herman Academy, also completed the Bungay marathon after a 15-year break to help the campaign.

Centre 81 chief executive Diana Staines said: 'We are delighted to get this donation – and continuing support – from the Freemasons. The donation will help with our core costs.'

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The centre recently won a £6,000 grant for its bus service through a national Freemasons marking the organisation's 300th anniversary thanks to strong support from a public vote.

Centre 81 now needs new help with a public vote as one of six finalists in a Norfolk Charity of the Year pot run by Hopkins Homes, which has a £7,000 top award.

It is asking supporters to visit the Hopkins Homes website to vote for Centre 81 before the deadline this Friday December 1.

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