One of the Country’s Largest
It is a little known fact that Freemasonry in the United Kingdom is up there with the largest charity donating organisations. The UK National Lottery is the tops in giving financial support to non-masonic charities and good causes. Then comes Children in Need. We enter the list at number 3. Yes, we are the third largest in giving financial support to non-masonic charities and good causes – a record we are proud of.
This is all performed through one organisation – the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF)
For Freemasons, for families, for everyone
Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country.
Most of the support provided by the Masonic Charitable Foundation takes the form of financial grants to individuals and families to assist with daily living costs. We can also award grants to provide specific items or services.
A range of health and care needs, including medical and dental treatments, counselling and mobility aids or home adaptations are supported, with funding also available for respite, residential, nursing and dementia care.
Our professional Advice and Support team offers confidential and practical guidance about the support available from the Masonic Charitable Foundation and many other organisations.
In addition to the support we provide to Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people.
We also help to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contribute to worldwide appeals for disaster relief. In total, our support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally.
The Foundation brings together the work of four national Charities which had been operating separately under various names since the early 18th Century.
Visit the Masonic Charitable Foundation‘s website for further information.
The Lodge Almoner
Each Lodge has an officer called the Almoner who is solely responsible for ensuring that all members and their dependants are cared for. This is an important role and does not necessarily demand a great deal of money being raised by the Lodge Members. On odd occasions there will be a need to finance support for a Brother or his dependants. Money will be available at a local level to assist. There are also regional and national initiatives that can be brought into play should the need arise.
To assist the Almoner the Freemasonry Cares initiative has recently been introduced to ensure that Freemasons, their relatives and dependants fully understand the help and assistance that is readily available to them.
Abbey Lodge, 2529
Abbey Lodge have a hard-working Charity Steward who is very successful at raising funds. Over the past year (2016-17) the Lodge has raised over £4000 from its members.
|£1000||East Lancashire Masonic Charity|
|£500||Guide Dogs for the Blind|
|£500||Blind Veteran’s Association|
|£500||British Heart Foundation|
|£250||North West Air Ambulance|
As can be seen from the table only a quarter of what Abbey Lodge raised is going to masonic charity. The rest is going to a variety of very worthy causes indeed.
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