Chard Freemasons have presented cheques of £460 each to The Alzheimer's Society, as well as Somerset and Chard & District Riding for the Disabled.

Worshipful Brother, Martyn Millward, of Prudence and Industry Lodge, handed over the donations to charity representatives.

Mr Millward commented that he and his wife Lynne were keen to lend their support to local charities, especially those close to their own hearts.

He explained: "Our support for Alzheimer's Society had been prompted by family experience of this distressing condition."

Beverley Newman, on behalf of Alzheimer's Society, expressed gratitude towards the Freemasons, assuring them that every penny will make a world of difference.

Community Fundraiser Siân Johnson added: "We are so grateful that Martyn Millward, and his wife, Lynne, chose to support Alzheimer’s Society.

"Alzheimer’s Society provides vital support to families coping with the condition, and we will end the devastation caused by dementia.

"But we can't do it without the continued support of our incredible fundraisers like Prudence & Industry Lodge."

Chard & Ilminster News: Martyn Millward of Prudence and Industry Lodge handed over the donations to charity representatives

The Riding for the Disabled group also found favour in the Freemasons' eyes.

Mr Millward noted that the charity's contribution to society often goes unnoticed: "We were aware of the excellent work carried out by Chard & District Riding for the Disabled, and felt that the charity does not get the recognition it deserves."

Representative Simon Duff appreciated the acknowledgment, saying: "We feel very honoured that Martyn chose us and very grateful to all the Lodge members who made donations."