FREEMASONS from Langport have donated £5,000 to the County Gazette-backed Somerset Unit for Radiotherapy Equipment (SURE).

George Small and fellow Masons from the Portcullis Lodge have handed over the cheque to the charity, which helps equip the Beacon Centre cancer unit at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital.

The money was raised at a charity ball and raffle held at the Cooper Associates County Ground, in Taunton.

Other donations last week included £91.51 from the collection pot at Tesco Express, East Reach, and £18 from the collection pot at Pyrland Farm Shop.

There was an anonymous £30 gift, £6.03 from Barbara Deer, £200 from Jacqueline McCarthy, £13 in 5p coins from Jean Carey and £314.36 mainly in 5ps from the Beacon Centre.

The weekly total of £5,673 means £940,810.98 has been raised since SURE linked up with the County Gazette.