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Freemasons working together to help their communities

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) and its members are doing all they can to help in the fight against the coronavirus.

We have seen remarkable stories from across the country of how our members are coming together – from helping to raise vital funds for the NHS and delivering food to the community, through to purchasing ambulances and manufacturing vital personal protective equipment (PPE). To support Freemasonry’s charitable response to the coronavirus pandemic, UGLE and the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), the Freemasons' charity, established the Freemasons’ COVID-19 Community Fund.

The Freemasons’ COVID-19 Community Fund will help to support a range of local and national charities and projects that are helping people through the current coronavirus pandemic. The MCF will match donations made to the Fund up to a total of £1 million.

We're absolutely delighted to announce that £1 million has now been donated to the Freemasons' COVID-19 Community Fund – which becomes £2 million with the MCF’s matched funding. Thank you to everyone that donated!

You can read all the stories below and follow us on Twitter to find out more about the amazing work of our members.

 

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Manchester Freemasons raise £8,500 for local charity

  • September 21, 2020
  • COVID-19

It all began when Dean Lynch had the seed of an idea when discussing potential fundraising activities that the Manchester Level Club could undertake during the COVID-19 lockdown; the idea quickly gained traction and a charity was chosen

Lincolnshire Freemasons offer comfort to those fleeing domestic abuse

  • September 18, 2020
  • COVID-19

Domestic abuse victims escaping violence often arrive in refuges with nothing more than the clothes on their backs – so Lincolnshire Freemasons have given £5,000 to help them on a journey to a new and abuse-free life

West Lancashire Freemasons support youth and the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the Freemasons' charity

  • September 12, 2020
  • COVID-19

West Lancashire Freemasons have donated £29,000 to a local youth club and received another contribution to their MCF 2021 Festival appeal

Samaritans get lockdown support from Cambridgeshire Freemasons

  • September 10, 2020
  • COVID-19

Cambridge Samaritans are being supported through the Covid-19 crisis, thanks to a grant from Cambridgeshire Freemasons

Lincolnshire's motorcycling Freemasons are still on the road with vital deliveries

  • August 20, 2020
  • COVID-19

Lincolnshire's motorcycling Freemasons continue to be out on the road making vital deliveries across the Province

Sale of East Lancashire Masonic Hall means £13,000 boost to charities

  • July 22, 2020
  • COVID-19

The sale of a Masonic Hall is always a sad occasion for Freemasons, but for the members who meet at Farnworth Masonic Hall in Birchfields within the Province of East Lancashire, they decided to turn this into a positive

Covid secure visitor pod for West Lancashire care home

  • July 21, 2020
  • COVID-19

Ecclesholme, The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution care home in Eccles, West Lancashire, has become one of the first in the country to install a secure COVID-19 visitor pod

Berkshire Freemasons continue to support local charities through the coronavirus pandemic

  • July 19, 2020
  • COVID-19

With the assistance of the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), the Freemasons' Charity, Berkshire Freemasons donated over £9,000 to four charities in Berkshire to help them support local communities

Cheshire Masonic Hall becomes essential 'pop up' school

  • July 17, 2020
  • COVID-19

The Masonic Hall of Cheshire Freemasons has been turned into a essential 'pop up' school during the coronavirus lockdown

Devonshire Freemasons help the Samaritans with £5,000 donation

  • July 11, 2020
  • COVID-19

At a meeting held at a socially acceptable distance in the shadow of Smeaton’s Tower on Plymouth Hoe, Peter Keaty, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire Freemasons, presented Norman Holmes, Director of the Plymouth Samaritans, with a cheque and certificate for £5,000 to help them through this difficult time, with more pressure on their services being required than would normally be expected

Freemasons support young carers with cookery, dance and drama workshops

  • June 29, 2020
  • COVID-19

Freemasons across England and Wales are lending a helping hand to young carers who are under increasing pressure as they support family members during lockdown

Staffordshire Freemasons donate £3,750 to Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank

  • June 28, 2020
  • COVID-19

Local people in food poverty have been helped by a grant from Staffordshire Freemasons to Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank

North Wales Freemasons donate £9,500 to Nightingale House Hospice’s Meals Matter Program

  • June 18, 2020
  • COVID-19

North Wales Freemasons, through the Covid-19 Response Group, have donated £9,500 to support Nightingale House Hospice’s new mobile food service program – Meals Matter, an innovative food service by the award-winning team at Caffi Cwtch

Lincolnshire Freemasons mug sales project raises more than £3,700 for the NHS

  • June 15, 2020
  • COVID-19

NHS frontline staff are amongst more than 1,000 people who will be reminded of the gratitude felt by the public during the Covid-19 crisis every time they stop for a hot drink, thanks to a mug sales initiative by Lincolnshire Freemasons

Tablet computers donated by Leicester Freemasons to local residential home

  • June 14, 2020
  • COVID-19

The Rearsby Residential Care Home has received a generous donation of tablet computers from members of the Lodge of the Argonauts in Leicester

South Wales Freemasons supply food to local communities during the Covid-19 pandemic

  • June 13, 2020
  • COVID-19

South Wales Freemasons have provided £22,500 to supply food for those in need in the local community. This funding has provided daily cooked meals to households and weekly supplies to foodbanks, to help minimise the daily pressure on households across south Wales

Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons give £5,000 boost to Harrogate Scrubbers community sewers

  • June 12, 2020
  • COVID-19

A Harrogate community group making personal protective equipment (PPE) for doctors at the town’s District Hospital has been given a £5,000 boost from Yokshire, West Riding Freemasons

Cambridgeshire Hospital heroes scrub up well thanks to £8,000 Freemasons grant

  • June 10, 2020
  • COVID-19

Much-needed hospital scrubs for doctors and nurses struggling to cope with the Covid-19 crisis will be made by volunteers from Connection Through Crafting and paid for by grants from Cambridgeshire Freemasons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), the Freemasons' Charity

West Kent Freemasons donate cakes and electronic tablets to Oxleas NHS Trust

  • June 09, 2020
  • COVID-19

Mark Estaugh, Provincial Grand Master of West Kent Freemasons, recently spent an enjoyable morning speaking to staff in several parts of the Oxleas NHS Trust – and delivering them cakes

West Kent Freemasons launch The West Kent Emergency Fund to support the community in its fight against the effects of Covid-19

  • June 09, 2020
  • COVID-19

The Provincial Grand Master of West KentMark Estaugh has launched The West Kent Emergency Fund (WKEF) to the tune of £100,000

North Wales Freemasons donate £4,000 for free Sunday lunch initiative

  • June 05, 2020
  • COVID-19

North Wales Freemasons, through the Covid-19 Response Group, have donated £4,000 to fund the free delivery of Sunday Lunch to people living in Bangor and Anglesey

How Bedfordshire Freemasons are helping to tackle the problems caused by Covid-19

  • June 02, 2020
  • COVID-19

Anthony Henderson, the Provincial Grand Master of Bedfordshire, has shared the various ways in which Bedfordshire Freemasons are supporting those who have been affected by Covid-19 in Bedfordshire

Surrey Freemasons support local charities impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic

  • June 01, 2020
  • COVID-19

Surrey Freemasons have elicited the help and resources of the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), the Freemasons' Charity, to ensure that local charities and organisations continue to receive the resources they need to operate

West Lancashire are undeterred by cancelled fundraisers as they donate PPE to workers on the frontline

  • June 01, 2020
  • COVID-19

Jim Corcoran, a member of the Lodge of Harmony No. 220 in the Woolton and Garston Group of West Lancashire Freemasons, had been collecting, for many months at his own expense, sporting memorabilia to auction, raffle or sell at the fundraising event which should have been held at Liverpool Football Stadium at the beginning of May this year

Freemasons provide 120,000 people with donations of 300,000 meals and 38 tonnes of food during the Covid-19 pandemic

  • June 01, 2020
  • COVID-19

With many families struggling to put food on the table Freemasons across England and Wales are currently working on hundreds of initiatives to help minimise the daily pressure on households across the UK

Bath Freemasons 'Square Meals' £25,000 initiative

  • May 27, 2020
  • COVID-19

As part ofSomerset Freemasons’ on-going effort to combat the ill-effects of Covid-19 upon the health and welfare of the most vulnerable in the area, members in Bath have been operating a 'Square Meals' initiative

Northumberland Freemasons donate essential PPE to frontline care workers

  • May 26, 2020
  • COVID-19

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, members of Oriental Lodge No. 9371 in the Province of Northumberland, made donations to purchase medical grade face masks for local care homes across the county

South Wales Freemasons donate 100 tablets to local hospitals

  • May 23, 2020
  • COVID-19

South Wales Freemasons have donated 100 tablet computers to local hospitals to ensure patients can keep in touch with their families

Great Yarmouth charities benefit from hundreds of donated meals from Norfolk Freemasons

  • May 23, 2020
  • COVID-19

Two Great Yarmouth charities who help the vulnerable and disabled across the town will benefit from donated frozen food from Norfolk Freemasons

Norfolk Freemason shortlisted for a Telegraph Lockdown Award

  • May 22, 2020
  • COVID-19

Norfolk Freemason Colin Breckons has been shortlisted for a Telegraph Lockdown Award in recognition of his work making face shields for the NHS

Freemasons provide pre-cooked meals for medical staff across Leicestershire

  • May 22, 2020
  • COVID-19

Nurses, doctors, and paramedics are all receiving quality home cooked, pre-packed meals thanks to a local Freemason and his wife and a grant from Leicestershire and Rutland Freemasons

VE Day becomes VC - Victory over Coronavirus – Day for 96-year-old Elwyn

  • May 22, 2020
  • COVID-19

VE Day became VC – Victory over Coronavirus – Day for one 96-year-oldWest Yorkshire Freemason and Connaught Court resident

Berkshire Freemasons give tablets to local hospices and care homes

  • May 21, 2020
  • COVID-19

Freemasons in Berkshire have given 25 tablets to local care homes and hospices in the county. These are to help families stay in touch with their loved ones during this coronavirus crisis

Care home staff welcome supply of full face visors from Wiltshire Freemasons

  • May 21, 2020
  • COVID-19

Essential face visors are being distributed to care homes across the county and beyond, thanks to a grant of £10,000 from Wiltshire Freemasons to St Joseph's Roman Catholic School in Laverstock, Salisbury

Air ambulance crews get vital protective equipment thanks to £5,000 grant from Cambridgeshire Freemasons

  • May 21, 2020
  • COVID-19

Crew members at the East Anglian Air Ambulance will have life-saving face visors and other essential personal protective equipment (PPE) as they work with potential Covid-19 patients, thanks to a grant of £5,000 from Cambridgeshire Freemasons

Dorset Freemason fighting Covid-19 in the North Sea

  • May 20, 2020
  • COVID-19

Dorset Freemason Wayne Ingram is currently detached from his job as an NHS Paramedic to assist with North Sea Repatriations to the United Kingdom. Although his family home is situated on the lovely Isle of Portland, a stones throw away from sitting in the chair as Senior Warden of United Service Lodge No. 3473, he couldn't resist the call to relocate to Aberdeen Airport when asked if he would use his paramedic qualification throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic

Sherborne Food Bank receives donations from Dorset's Lodge of Benevolence

  • May 20, 2020
  • COVID-19

North Dorset Freemasons have combined with the Dorset Masonic Care charity to provide much needed funds for Sherborne Food Bank

Essex Freemasons pledge support for hospitals and care homes across the county

  • May 20, 2020
  • COVID-19

Essex Freemasons have mobilised its 9,000 members from across the county to join the fight against Covid-19 with a major new campaign aimed at providing essential equipment for local hospital and care home staff

West Lancashire Freemasons provide survival packs for nurses and carers

  • May 19, 2020
  • COVID-19

The members from the Freemasons’ Hall at Litherland in merseyside continue in their quest to help bring a little relief and the odd smile to the front-line staff in the local community during the current Covid-19 pandemic

Nottinghamshire Freemasons support Worksop College to raise £5,000 for the production of NHS visors

  • May 19, 2020
  • COVID-19

The Freemasons of Nottinghamshire are proud to support the ongoing work of Worksop College in keeping the NHS and other key workers safe, and help the College raise over £5,000 to increase the production of NHS visors

Essex Freemasons help raise £100,000 funding to test for Covid-19

  • May 19, 2020
  • COVID-19

Essex Freemasons are helping to fund a £100,000 research project to provide up to 2,000 antibody tests a day for Covid-19 across the entire East England region. It will help to significantly increase testing levels which could help key NHS staff and care home teams back to work

South Wales Freemasons donate 3,000 vital PPE visors to protect key workers in over 100 local organisations

  • May 18, 2020
  • COVID-19

South Wales Freemasons have donated 3,000 vital personal protective equipment (PPE) visors to more than 100 hospitals, GP practices, care homes, hospices, pharmacies, prisons and schools, for front-line and key workers throughout south Wales.

Dorset Freemasons help Swanage School feed the vulnerable

  • May 18, 2020
  • COVID-19

The Dorset Freemasons Charity (DMC) have provided £1,000 of funding to help start up a project by Swanage School. The school are providing healthy and nutritious meals to those most in need in their local area

Surrey Lodge makes timely donation to carers’ fight against coronavirus pandemic

  • May 17, 2020
  • COVID-19

Sam Hedayati, Senior Warden of Kingston Aero Lodge No. 3860 in Surrey, has made an emergency donation of over 2,000 face masks to the Carers Trust’s fight against COVID-19, after being "humbled" by the dedication of their key workers.

Staffordshire Freemasons donate 10,000 bottles of shower gel to hospitals

  • May 16, 2020
  • COVID-19

Staffordshire Freemasons are allocating 10,000 bottles of shower gel to Hospitals providing critical care in the Province.

Devonshire Freemasons donate tablets to help elderly residents maintain contact with friends and families

  • May 12, 2020
  • COVID-19

Despite being one of the people being categorised as vulnerable Ian Kingsbury, Leader of the Devonshire Freemasons, felt it was his duty as a Freemason and a caring member of society to engage with those who are even more in need than himself.

Freemasons donate nearly 1,000 tablets to hospitals and care homes to provide vital contact between loved ones and coronavirus patients

  • May 08, 2020
  • COVID-19

Thousands of tablets are being donated by Freemasons across England and Wales to help families stay in touch with their loved ones during the coronavirus crisis.

Surrey Freemasons donate £4,000 to vandalised Epilepsy Charity

  • May 07, 2020
  • COVID-19

Community spirit is alive and kicking after a generous donation from Surrey Freemasons helped The Meath Epilepsy Charity overcome mindless vandalism.

Shropshire Freemasons rise to coronavirus challenge with £44,300 donation

  • May 07, 2020
  • COVID-19

Shropshire Freemasons have stepped forward to help their communities in their efforts to face and overcome the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, by both providing £44,300 to help local food banks and turning their hands to making and distributing PPE to local care homes.

Buckinghamshire Freemasons support local food banks with deliveries

  • May 05, 2020
  • COVID-19

As their continued drive to assist local communities and those in need during these unprecedented times, Buckinghamshire Freemasons contacted the foodbanks which serve the Slough, Marlow, Beaconsfield, Aylesbury and Milton Keynes areas to ascertain which foods are in the greatest demand for Buckinghamshire families and individuals who are facing financial pressures.

Somerset Freemasons help volunteers produce 1,000 meals a week for elderly

  • May 04, 2020
  • COVID-19

Romajos Community Meals have received a welcome boost following a donation of £1,000 from Somerset Freemasons.

Suffolk Freemasons source and distribute much needed PPE across East Anglia

  • May 04, 2020
  • COVID-19

Suffolk Light Blues have established an extensive logistics operation and are now delivering some desperately needed PPE items, free of charge, to a large number of medical sites working in the front line against Covid-19.

Eddie the Bear raises smiles delivering 'bare necessities' in Lincolnshire

  • May 02, 2020
  • COVID-19

The founder of a Lincolnshire charity says she has been 'overwhelmed' by a £2,000 donation by the Masonic charitable foundation, the Freemasons' Charity, which will sustain a vital support service for people in and around the town of Bourne.

Buckinghamshire Freemasons support sheltered housing schemes with cottage pie deliveries

  • May 02, 2020
  • COVID-19

Colin O’Dell and Brian Neighbour, members of Buckinghamshire Motorcycle Lodge No. 9926, continued Buckinghamshire Freemasons' efforts to support our local communities in these times of unprecedented need as they collected and delivered pre-cooked cottage pies to five separate sheltered housing schemes in the local community.

Cheshire Freemasons provide support to vulnerable children

  • May 01, 2020
  • COVID-19

Cheshire Freemasons have come together to help Stockport MBC Social Services and Stockport Police with donations of gifts for children who, in this time of the coronavirus crisis, are being supported by social care.

Somerset Freemason manufactures face shields for doctors surgeries and care homes

  • May 01, 2020
  • COVID-19

Chris Perry of Estune Lodge No. 6817 in Somerset, in partnership with Nailsea School where he is operations manager, and head teacher Dionne Elliot, is manufacturing Face Shields using the school's 3D printers.

Suffolk Freemasons commence delivery of Food Boxes to support the most vulnerable

  • April 30, 2020
  • COVID-19

Suffolk Freemasons have been organising schemes to support the most vulnerable and in the town of Sudbury their Lodges are offering a ‘Square Meals’ service.

Berkshire Freemasons supply face masks to help in the PPE crisis

  • April 29, 2020
  • COVID-19

Berkshire Freemasons have answered the call for face masks for local care homes and other facilities. Over 200 facemasks were delivered in early April 2020, with a further 300 due in the following month, to Berkshire care homes, hospitals, and prisons.

Cheshire Freemason has success with flyers to help people self isolating

  • April 29, 2020
  • COVID-19

81-year-old Mike Faulkner, of Affinity Lodge No. 4872 in CHESHIRE, has had great success with a 'HELLO' flyer that was published out to members for them to print and distribute as they saw fit in their community to help people who are self isolating during the coronavirus crisis.

West Kent Freemasons support manufacture of full face protective masks for the NHS

  • April 27, 2020
  • COVID-19

The West Kent Emergency Fund of The Province of West Kent has made a donation of £1,000 to Mark Addy, of Design Etch Cut, who is making full face acrylic masks on a laser cutter in a warehouse in Northfleet.

Lincolnshire Freemasons launch 'thank you' mug project to raise NHS funds

  • April 24, 2020
  • COVID-19

Lincolnshire Freemasons are selling specially-produced mugs to offer financial support to the NHS. As well as being a fundraiser, the mugs will be a permanent 'thank you' to staff on the front line of the fight against Coronavirus.

Derbyshire Freemasons deliver square meals to community during lockdown

  • April 23, 2020
  • COVID-19

The lockdown which has taken place in recent weeks has caused worry and difficulties for many people – getting groceries and keeping the household in essential supplies has been of major concern and stress to many. Meeting halls in Derbyshire also face difficulties – with catering staff who rely on these meetings for their income.

Lincolnshire Freemason Karl gets on the road as a blood biker

  • April 23, 2020
  • COVID-19

Lincolnshire Freemason and keen motorcyclist Karl Fidoe is doing his bit to support the NHS by becoming a member of the county’s Emergency Blood Bikers Scheme.

Tameside A&E Nurse and East Lancashire Freemason purchases ambulance to aid in Covid-19 crisis

  • April 22, 2020
  • COVID-19

Tameside A&E nurse and east lancashire freemason John Gilmour has made a spectacular effort in the COVID-19 crisis by purchasing an ambulance in order to assist positively diagnosed yet stranded patients get home in order to safely isolate.

East Kent Freemasons give £57,000 to help community as part of their COVID-19 relief effort

  • April 21, 2020
  • COVID-19

The head of East Kent freemasons Neil Johnstone is releasing £57,000 from his disaster relief fund as part of the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons' Charity.

Sussex Freemasons provide £30,000 immediate support for NHS staff

  • April 20, 2020
  • COVID-19

Sussex Freemasons, Through the Sussex Masonic Charity Foundation, have donated £30,000 to directly support NHS staff working in the major hospitals across the county.

Northumberland Freemason Tom’s Easter mission to help community during coronavirus pandemic

  • April 17, 2020
  • COVID-19

Northumberland Freemason Tom Stewart has been single handily delivering hundreds of eggs to deserving causes this Easter

Freemasons vow to help protect the elderly during the Covid-19 crisis

  • April 15, 2020
  • COVID-19

Freemasons across England and Wales are coming together to provide vital personal protective equipment (PPE) for care homes to protect the elderly, following health secretary Matt Hancock’s call for a "Herculean effort" to protect critical NHS staff.

Wiltshire Freemasons deliver food boxes to vulnerable members

  • April 14, 2020
  • COVID-19

After a successful trial to other Lodges in the area and the Masonic Widows Association, Corsham Lodge No. 6616 in Wiltshire have expanded their home food pack deliveries to anyone in the area who is self isolating or is unable to shop

Devonshire Lodge provides essential assistance during Covid-19 pandemic

  • April 13, 2020
  • COVID-19

A request was made to the Benevolent Masonic Lodge in Teignmouth by Councillor David Matthews who was looking for premises with a kitchen large enough to cook Sunday lunches for over 100 people. When David Purdy, Director of Allsop & Pitts and a Freemason, became aware of the situation he contacted the Lodge building committee and when they heard the request was being made to supply meals for the most vulnerable people in the Teignbridge area, they immediately agreed.

Leicestershire & Rutland Freemason puts 3D printing skills to work to help NHS with shortage of PPE equipment

  • April 11, 2020
  • COVID-19

Leicestershire & Rutland Freemason Chris Parsons, of Rutland Lodge No 1130 in Melton Mowbray, has turned his hobby into a lifesaver to protect the frontline heroes in the NHS.

Face Shields produced for front line workers by Leicester Freemason

  • April 11, 2020
  • COVID-19

One of the members of the Tudor House Lodge No. 8481 in Leicester has been working around the clock, alongside his wife Nicole, to produce face shields that are so desperately needed by the heroes on the front line in the fight against the coronavirus.

Community-spirited Freemason Matt's hand sanitiser fame spreads to Japan

  • March 31, 2020
  • COVID-19

The fame of community-spirited Lincolnshire gin distiller Matt Felgate has spread to the Far East, where he has featured on leading Japanese news web site Asahi Digital.

North Wales Freemasons support NHS with £5,000 donation for much-needed technology

  • March 27, 2020
  • COVID-19

North Wales Freemasons have donated £5,000 to Awyr Las, the North Wales National Health Services (NHS) Charity, to purchase 50 PC tablets.

Freemasons invite the whole country to toast ‘absent friends, and those working on the frontline in the NHS’

  • March 23, 2020
  • COVID-19

Freemasons are inviting the whole country to toast ‘absent friends, and those working on the frontline in the NHS’ at 9pm tonight.