Freemasons helped Santa last Tuesday when they gave presents to needy local children.
The Freemasons from Slough's Masonic Centre in Ragstone Road, Chalvey, donated over £300 to Slough's Home-Start Group which helps disadvantaged families in and around Slough.
The Home-Start charity specialises in helping parents with a pre-school child who have stressful problems ranging from mental health issues, physical or mental disability, financial deprivation, family breakdown, single parenting, multiple births, abuse, neglect or isolation.
50 gift-wrapped presents were handed over to Home-Start Slough's Family Coordinator, Pauline McDougall, at the charity's premises in Burnham High Street.
Local Freemason Gary Mason of Quaves Road, Slough, said:
Freemasonry is all about friendship, decency, and charity,
so helping children at Christmas is always our top priority.
The deputy head of Slough and Bucks Freemasons, Clifford Drake, said:
One of our main roles over the last 300 years has been looking
after youngsters whose families are going through the unexpected challenges
that life brings.
Our local members know that Freemasonry is not just for
Christmas; it is our way of life. That is why we spend the rest of the year
raising money to actively support our local communities.