Last year, The Freemasons’ Lodge of Perseverance raised over £1,700 during a year of fundraising activities for city centre youth charity, OPEN Youth Trust (OPEN).

Angela Brett, Development Manager at OPEN,  recently joined the Freemasons for a cheque presentation evening. Angela said: “On behalf of OPEN, I was delighted to be presented with a cheque for a fantastic £1,500 which will go towards our arts provision, which we know is crucial to imagination, self-expression and creativity in young people.  In particular, it will enable us to offer bursary places on our West End Experience Workshop. We are very grateful to John Knights and the Lodge of Perseverance for choosing our charity and have thoroughly enjoyed working with them throughout our year as one of their chosen charities.”

In presenting this year’s cheque, Worshipful Master, John Knights said: “I nominated OPEN Youth Trust as my chosen charity because, as a former Charity Steward of the Lodge, my connection with them goes back nearly three years, and I am very impressed by the facilities they offer, including outreach and personal coaching devoted to building the confidence of disadvantaged children.”   

The money raised will fund West End Experience bursary places, where disadvantaged young people will be given the opportunity to be trained by West End theatre professionals during a five-day course, ending in a performance to an audience of around 400 people, giving them a real taste of what it's like to be a West End professional, developing the skills that fuel the success of the UK’s creative industries, resulting in the next generation of creative talent across the country.

Places for the West End Experience Workshop taking place over Easter are now available to book from https://opennorwich.org.uk/whats-on/gigs-events/west-end-experience-workshop/

PHOTO CAPTION & CREDIT:  Angela Brett receiving cheque with members of the Lodge of Perseverance.  Credit Alan Fairchild, Communication Officer The Provincial Grand Lodge of Norfolk.