A Boxing Day swim at Cromer has helped Norfolk Scouts with £1,500 raised by Aylsham Freemason Robin Rush.
The money raised was split equally between the 1st Buxton and Lamas Sea Scouts and the 46th Norwich Scout Group. Norwich Masonic Lodge Royal George Chapter also donated £500 to 46th Norwich.
Robin is 76 years old but still active, regularly cycling hundreds of miles locally and abroad each year. He has taken part in the Cromer Boxing Day Swim for more than 10 years, with the majority of the money raised by local Masonic Lodges and their members.
A keen Scout in his youth and a member of the Scout Lodge in Norfolk, Robin has supported Buxton Scouts for several years raising thousands of pounds. This year he decided to share the money with 46th Norwich, which is a group specifically for the disabled.
“Scout Lodge has been giving regular assistance and this year I wanted to give them my personal support”, said Robin. “There are so many youngsters with disabilities wanting to join in with activities, so this will be my charity focus in our tercentenary year”.
This year Freemasons are celebrating 300 years since the formation of the United Grand Lodge of England, with celebrations being held both locally and nationally.
Dean Butcher, Scout Leader of 46th Norwich said: “This is a great boost for our members and will go to help fund field trips and weekends away as each Scout must bring a carer.”
Graham Breeze, Group Scout Leader of Buxton Scouts said: “This donation will help us upgrade and expand our facilities to enable even more young people enjoy Scouting in and around the Buxton area”.
Peter Leggett of Royal George Chapter said: “The 46th Norwich Scouts were one of the charities nominated to share in the proceeds of our Benevolent Fund. Scouting has the same principles as Freemasonry and we are pleased to support their good work for disabled young people in Norfolk.”