A CHARITY which helps students with hearing problems is celebrating a £500 funding boost.

The Peter Greenwood Memorial Trust is one of 20 groups to have received a share of £27,380 from the Provincial Grand Master's Fund.

The Bradford-based organisation was nominated for the award by the Chevin Lodge of Freemasons in Otley.

The grants, ranging from £500 to £5,000, are presented on a quarterly basis after the recipients have been nominated by Masonic Lodges in West, South, East and North Yorkshire.

The Peter Green wood Memorial Trust will use the money to support its work helping hearing impaired students continue with their Further Education and university studies.

The Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, David S Pratt, said: "Yet again this is a prime example of Freemasonry being at the very heart of the communities we live and work in.

"It is fantastic that these grants, which are presented four times a year, are giving a helping hand to organisations across our Province.

"I’m also very proud to say that the money from this fund is all raised locally by our members."

More details about the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding can be found at wrprovince.net .