Christmas Hampers for Kaleidoscope UK

by Paul Thomsett

Kaleidoscopic UK is a charitable organisation for survivors of domestic abuse in all its forms. They are based in the Thames Valley although they do provide support services throughout the UK. The charity supports families and individuals that have suffered or are suffering with domestic abuse.

Berkshire freemasons recently donated £3,200 to the charity, this consisted of a grant of £1,600 from the Berkshire Masonic Charity which was match funded by an identical amount from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

The money was used to provide hampers to families supported by the charity, who often have to relocate from their home. The hampers were distributed by the Master of Ascot Lodge Luke Smith, whose idea this was.

Luke donned his Grinch outfit to make the hamper delivery just before Christmas.

The hampers were made up by Luke and consisted of a Turkey and all the trimmings, some mince pies, and a few extra treats to make sure Christmas day is as special as possible, for the families often going through a traumatic period.

The Berkshire Masonic Charity, with matched funding from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, also provided £12,000 to assist local foodbanks over the festive period. In all Berkshire Freemasons have assisted Wallingford Emergency Food Bank, West Berks Foodbank, The Wokingham Foodbank, Whitley Community Development Association Foodshare, Windsor Foodbank, The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of North Abingdon.

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