MORE than £27,000 has been donated to charities in the past year by Freemasons in Warrington.

The figure was confirmed at the annual charity giving day at Warrington Masonic Hall on Winmarleigh Street.

The Warrington Group of Lodges and Chapters has donated the cash to masonic and non-masonic charities within the town.

The Warrington Group Chairman, Andy Barton presented a donation to the Deputy Mayor Cllr Wendy Johnson in support of the mayor’s charity.

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, for West Lancashire, Kevin Poynton, made presentations to the following organisations to other organisations including St Elphin’s Church, St Thomas’ Church, St Rocco’s Hospice, Brainwave, Room at the Inn, Warrington Talking Newspaper, The Salvation Army and the Walton Lea Project.

Donations of approximately £16,000 were provided in support of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, West Lancashire Freemasons Charity, Masonic Trust for Boys & Girls and Ecclesholme, (Masonic Care Home Eccles).