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Big boost to football-mad teenager’s wheelchair bid

Created on 04/07/2022 @ 07:18


A football-loving teenager’s dream of getting a specialist all-terrain wheelchair has moved a step closer thanks to a £2,000 donation from the Powis Lodge of Freemasons in Welshpool.

Previously we have reported how Aled Owen, 14, of Llansantffraid, is raising funds for the electric wheelchair so he can start enjoying more quality time with his family and friends by doing what he loves - attending local football matches and playing on the beach.

The Welshpool High School pupil is hoping to raise £17,500 for a custom built Extreme X8 4×4 Electric Wheelchair, and he and his family were thrilled to receive the donation from the Powis Freemasons.

Mum Julie said: “We are extremely grateful for such a generous donation. We originally set our fundraising target much lower, but with the support of the Freemasons we are now able to dream of getting Aled the wheelchair he deserves.

“Aled is football-mad and loves attending local games, but when the pitches are very muddy he gets stuck. But with the aid of a specialist all-terrain wheelchair he would be able to spend much more time doing what he loves, which also includes days out on the beach and exploring the local countryside.”

T Alun Jones, of the Powis Freemasons, who presented the cheque, said: “It was a pleasure to hand this donation to Aled. He is a great young lad and I really hope he able to quickly achieve his goal so he can start doing more of what he loves.”

Members of the Powis Freemasons initially raised £1,000 at one of their monthly meetings, but this was quickly price-matched by the North Wales Freemason’s Charity after hearing of Aled’s need.

T Alun added: “We are very thankful to the North Wales Freemason’s. Like us they wanted to support Aled and his family as soon as hearing his story. Charitable giving is deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry and we at Powis Lodge are always keen to make positive contributions to local communities and worthwhile causes.”

The Powis Lodge of Freemasons, who meet at the Masonic Lodge in Welshpool, have supported many local charities in recent years, including Hope House, The Lingen Davies Cancer Fund and The North Powis Kidney Patient’s Association, to name but a few.

To support Aled reach his fundraising target, visit

Anyone interested in finding out more about Freemasonry in their local area can do so by visiting

PICTURE: Aled Owen, 14, along with his parents Richard and Julie, is presented with the £2,000 cheque by T Alun Jones outside the Masonic Lodge in Welshpool. Also pictured are Powis Freemasons Mike Broxton, Ian McEwan, Graham Cooper and Colin Peate.


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