What started as a posting on Facebook by David Matthews offering a free meals service to the elderly and vulnerable people of Teignmouth and the surrounding area during the Covid 19 outbreak, has now turned into a “meals on wheels” service of epic proportions.
Benevolent Mark Lodge 316 in Teignmouth stepped in to help and with the use of their lodge kitchen, where the meals increased from 60 to its current level, this has helped David and his volunteers to continue providing meals, the number has now risen to over 250 roast meals on a Sunday and a further 70 fish and chips meals midweek to the elderly and vulnerable.
This has now been recognised by The Mark Benevolent Fund at Mark Grand Lodge after it was submitted by the Province of Devonshire and the Trustees of the MBF have agreed to support this project with a grant of £11,000 pounds. David who has been overwhelmed by the support of freemasonry said, “to receive this magnificent sum will make such a difference, this will enable us to continue with this project for many months to come, I was getting concerned that we were running out of money and I thank the Mark Benevolent Fund for this wonderful donation”.
David is no stranger to good causes helping out with many other charities, as well as running his own business, he is also a local councillor, a past Mayor of Teignmouth, a lifeboat crewman and of course now a Chef, perhaps even our next candidate for Freemasonry?
V.W.Bro. David Purdie.