FREEMASONS celebrating the 300th year of the organisation have raised thousands for a children's charity. 

Building for the Future, a Wokingham based charity supporting children with disabilities or additional needs, received a £6,000 cheque from Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Berkshire Freemasons, Julian Pacey, and his wife Sara. 

Jane Holmes, CEO of Building for the Future, thanked the Berkshire Freemasons and said: "We are beyond grateful and very pleased to have been awarded such a great sum of money to help us.

"We are delighted with the result, Building for the Future is celebrating its tenth birthday this year and it’s a great birthday present.”

Martin Peters, Provincial Grand Master for Berkshire Freemasons said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate three hundred years of Freemasonry by helping excellent local charities like Building for the Future.

"We’ve been active in charity work for all that time but this is the first occasion we’ve asked the public to help us decide how to spend our money. We are very pleased that so many people from Berkshire took part in the vote."