A FIFE masonic lodge has come together with the community to donate a total of £1,150 to Parkinson's UK. 

The members of the Lodge St Fothad's in Auchterderran were treated to a presentation from Mark Coxe of Parkinson's UK (Fife), and afterwards, Mark was handed a number of donations. 

Central Fife Times: Mark received £1,150 in total.

A spokesperson for the Lodge told the Times: "After the Regular Meeting of the lodge on Tuesday, November 7, the brethren and guests were treated to a presentation by Mark Coxe from Parkinson’s UK (Fife) group.

"Mark was diagnosed with Parkinson's some years ago and has dedicated his life to helping others in his situation.

"He regularly gives talks to groups around Fife, explaining the difficulties caused by the illness and how it affects different people in different ways.

"He also speaks about how it affects the families of those affected by Parkinson’s and how they can be helped to deal with the changes it brings.

"Mark has discovered he has a talent for writing poetry and has published a couple of books of humorous and thought-provoking poems about Parkinson’s – and the world in general.

"All profits from his books go towards helping the members of the Fife branch of Parkinson’s UK have somewhere to meet and get peer support in dealing with the condition.

"The group meets on the second Thursday of each month in the Baptist Church building in Glenrothes Town Centre and all are made welcome.

"After Mark’s presentation to the brethren and guests, he was presented with cheques to help the group with its endeavours."

Central Fife Times: Mark received £1,150 in total.

Lodge Master, Brother William Miller had been holding a Tombola stall at the Cardenden Village Fair and Bowhill Highland Games to raise money for the group and presented Mark with a cheque for £700.

Brother Derek Ross, the president of the East of Scotland chapter of the Masonic Motorcycle group, Widow’s Sons, who had brought their impressive motorcycles along to the Village Fair and allowed the children to have their photos taken on the bikes, presented Mark with a cheque for £200 from the chapter.

Central Fife Times: Mark received £1,150 in total.

Mr Don Campbell, chairman of the Bowhill Highland Games Committee, also chipped in with an impressive donation of £250.

After the presentations and a light buffet, Bro Michael Philip, a well-known accordionist and band leader, entertained the company for the rest of the evening.