LEIGH Freemasons donated £1,500 to a young person’s residential facility to buy new tech equipment.
The organisation donated the money so that children with special needs at Christopher’s Cottage can benefit form four new iPads with protective cases.
“One of our members, whose wife works at Christopher’s Cottage, alerted us to the need for new iPads,” said Bradley Thurgood, the Worshipful Master of Leigh Lodge.
“Because of that need, it was a simple decision for us to vote through £1,500 of funding and we were glad to be of help.”
The donation means that the Centre, based in Mountdale Gardens, Leigh, now has enough iPads for all of the children in its care to use at the same time – helping them to work towards independence and to promote their self-esteem.
Daniel Lambert, manager at Christopher’s Cottage, explained: “We always have at least six children in our care at any one time, but with just one iPad there were obviously problems with sharing.
The iPads are used for playing games and learning other life skills and so play an important part in helping these young people and we are very grateful to the members of Leigh Lodge No. 4708 for this donation – it really will make a difference.”
The Centre, which first opened for use in April 2004, is situated in the grounds of The St. Christopher School in Leigh, and allows young people with special needs to be looked after by specialist staff in a safe environment.