Two years later and the fundraising is complete

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A MAJOR grant has enabled Highbury school to reach their £250,000 target to refurbish and upgrade the school’s hydrotherapy pool.

Thanks to the donation of £30,000 from the Freemasons, which they secured through the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Grants, the Rastrick school, which teaches children with physical and learning difficulties, can now start the work on their pool.

W Brother Stephen Bray from the Lodge of Probity tried to secure funding last year but missed out. However, after joining forces with W Bro Austin Crowther and the Brethren of Ryburn Lodge they combined their efforts to jointly sponsor the appeal this year and were successful in awarding one of the largest grants ever.

Mr Bray was inspired to help the school when he met Leanne Barnes, who worked with his partner Julie Priestley as her support worker, and she became a family friend.

“She told us about how hearing how she was once a pupil at Highbury and goes back to help out on a placement so we decided to try and help,” said Mr Bray.

The group attended the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Masonic Grants presentation evening a the Royal Armories in Leeds which was hosted by the BBC’s Harry Gration.

Head teacher Pam Sellers said: “We are very grateful for the donation from Stephen and the Freemasons.”