SOMERSET Freemasons has donated £5,000 to a local charity to help support young people who are facing barriers to learning.

The grant has been given to The Jack Hazeldine Foundation (JHF). When young people are referred to the charity, they are matched with a mentor to help them develop the confidence they need to succeed.

The JHF CEO, Pippa Gribben, said: “We are very grateful to the Somerset Freemasons for their generous grant which will make a big difference in the lives of the young people we work with.

"We are incredibly proud of the difference we have made to their lives. Last year, we worked with over 400 young people and 87% are now back in school, college or some form of employment or training."

Graham Puddy, from Somerset Freemasons, added: “I am very pleased we have been able to help The Jack Hazeldine Foundation with their valuable programme for local young people who need this crucial support.

"Thanks to JHF these young people show improvements in all areas of their lives. Being able to take advantage of their education and achieving their potential gives them a far greater chance of making a better life for themselves in the future.”