A spokesperson said: “The terrorist attack will be in our minds forever, and our thoughts continue to be for those affected.
“As soon as we heard the news, the Province of East Lancashire launched an appeal to help those affected, with an initial donation of £10,000 from the East Lancashire Masonic Charity (ELMC).
“We have been astounded by the response. Donations started coming in from members in our own and adjacent Provinces, but then also from across the UK, from as far afield as Guernsey and Middlesex, and we even had some international donations. Karen Hall, the ELMC Administrator, arrived at work every morning to a small mountain of envelopes and a list of emails pledging support, and we are grateful to Karen for the additional work involved in collating the donations and responding to those who had given.
“These donations continued even after we had closed our appeal, and in total we received some £238,000. The ELMC made the total up to £250,000 and Chairman of the ELMC, Assistant Provincial Grand Master Chad Northcott, with Karen, had great pleasure travelling to Manchester to present the final cheque to Edith Conn, a WLMEF Trustee.”
Thanks so much for the remarkable donation.