FREEMASONS have stepped in to boost an under-threat charity with a grant of £1,000.

Be Free Young Carers, based in Harwell, had announced plans to close earlier this month, leaving the 550 carers its supports across the county in jeopardy.

But the Abbey Lodge Freemasons have become one of various groups to come to the aid of the organisation and help it keep going.

The £1,000 will be used to support young carers with social activities, trips out and emotional support and training.

The Berkshire Masonic Charity, which covers the Vale of White Horse area, has also gifted £620.

Brian Page, worshipful master of Abbey Lodge Abingdon says: “Freemasons work hard raising funds to help local good causes.

"Young carers are an especially vulnerable group in society so we are delighted to have been able to help young carers through this wonderful local charity.”

Be Free Young Carers were threatened with closure after seeing an increasing demand for its services and more competition for funding.

Several key bids failed and trustees felt they had no option but to shut down.

Director John Tabor said: “This support is so welcome at a critical time for our organisation. We are really grateful to Brain and his fellow Freemasons.”