FREEMASONS in Herefordshire have provided local charity Hope Support Services with a boost.

Representatives of the Masonic Province of Herefordshire visited the charity, which provides support for young people aged 11 to 25 when a close family member is seriously ill with a life-threatening condition, to present a certificate confirming the £4,719 donation.

The funds will help the charity to continue its important work, through group sessions, activities and outings.

Online support is also available through Facebook and Skype and the charity is in the process of developing an app with the help of Comic Relief.

Hope is currently offering support and bereavement advice to around 300 young people.

Since 2017, they have been working with St Michael's Hospice to run support services for children aged 5 and over of cancer patients under the care of the Hospice.

The certificate was presented to Hope Support Services CEO Michael Sharp and Operations Manager Lorna Russell by Provincial Grand Master for Herefordshire, the Reverend David Bowen.