A West Norfolk freemasons lodge have donated a summer house to Norfolk Hospice Tapping House in memory of a Lynn lady who died last year.
The Norfolk Farmers Lodge (8393) raised money for the garden facility following the death of Debbie Manning, 54, to terminal cancer.
Debbie, from West Winch, was married to Barry who was the Master of the Farmers Lodge in 2015-16.
Mr Manning, who owns Olympic Carpets in the village, explained: “Debbie did a lot for the Freemasons. She helped arrange the ladies night last year so we thought it was appropriate to do something in her memory.
“We help a number of fundraising events and people also made donations.
“Ironically, she was actually taken ill during the ladies night at Bawburgh Golf Club on April 9 and died in hospital a few weeks later.
“She was involved for about 10 years and it gave her another life. She was always the good Samaritan and made lots of new friends through freemasonry. This is something she would have wanted.
“Over the years freemasonry has always been deemed as being quite secretive, but Debbie always tried to put across to others what a good social life it gave her.”
A total of £1400 was raised at the ladies night of which £500 was donated to the East Anglian Childrens Hospice “Nook Appeal”
The remainder went towards the cost of the summerhouse which was £1445 with the balance being made up from lodge funds.
Mr Manning praised the work of both Norfolk Hospice Tapping House and Marie Curie for their support during his wife’s short illness.
“The team at Norfolk Hospice Tapping House and Marie Curie did so much for Debbie and us as a family in her final few weeks,” said Mr Manning.
“They provide lots of services that people are not aware of until you are in that situation.”
An introduction to Freemasonry open nights is being held in Lynn on Friday, April 7.
It will take place at Lynn Masonic Centre, in Hamburg Way, from 7pm. For more information, call 07899995612 or 07860265072.