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.
Freemasons from Hawarden and Farfield Masonic Halls raised the sum of £1,700 to present an ECG machine to the Quay Health centre in Connah’s Quay
As the nationwide rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine continues, many families are still struggling and it’s children, especially, who can be hit hardest. As Easter approaches, the shops are full of chocolates and there’s a steady flow of adverts to tempt youngsters. But for too many, in Shropshire as elsewhere, this Easter will not be easy.
On 12th March 2001 an extraordinary, and unique, scheme was launched by Essex Freemasons: it was a simple idea – to raise funds to provide Essex A&E departments with Teddies for the medical staff to give to children brought into their care to help relieve their distress
Medical Detection Dogs train dogs to detect the odour of human disease with the aim of developing faster, more efficient and less invasive diagnostics that lead to better patient outcomes
In February 2020, the Provincial Grand Chapter of Warwickshire recognised the vital work of the Buddy Bag Foundation and formed an alliance to help the displaced children in their area
A Bromley school has launched its own food bank to support families experiencing hardship during the pandemic with the support of West Kent Freemasons
A local community group which serves Etruria and Shelton, in Stoke-on-Trent is celebrating after securing £2,500 of funding from the National Lottery’s Local Connections programme
Cambridgeshire Freemasons are helping to provide children with Raspberry Pi computers through the ‘Digital Drive Cambridgeshire and Peterborough’ initiative
West Lancashire Freemasons donate £40,540 and deliver 82,653 items to 29 local food banks in Christmas appeal
Freemasons across West Lancashire unable to meet due to COVID-19 restrictions, rallied round to donate £40,540 in cash and 82,653 food items to assist local food banks
You often get more done if you pool resources. Back in April last year, Colin Tonks, Almoner and Charity Steward of the Wellington Lodge in Deal, Kent was thinking along those lines
Students from a Sheffield school will now be able to keep up with their studies thanks to City Freemasons
Following a recent appeal from local health boards for support to doctors, nurses, staff and indeed patients who were unable to have visitors, the Provincial Samaritan Fund of South Wales has donated £500 of basic items which were urgently needed
The Freemasons are encouraging its 200,000 members to roll up their sleeves and volunteer to help vaccinate the population
As a result of the call for volunteers to support the NHS Vaccination Scheme which was made back in December, Freemasons and their families from all corners of Devon picked up their Hi-Viz jackets and reported for duty as soon as they knew where they were needed
The members of Danycoed Lodge of Freemasons in Caerphilly have donated £120 to the new Grange University Hospital in Cwmbran for basic necessities for patients
More than 20 Freemasons from Spalding have stepped in to help the NHS deliver the Covid-19 vaccine at the town's Springfields hub – where they carried on regardless of January's snow
Such are the pressures of working within the NHS at the moment, that staff are often unable to stop for meals and are using ice cubes as a way of staying hydrated during their busy shifts
Freemasons in Barry have opened the doors of their hall to local medical practices to help in the mass vaccination of Barry residents against Covid-19
Freemasons from Lodges from Boston and Horncastle In Lincolnshire have helped the NHS to set up a Covid-19 mass vaccination centre
Cheshire Freemasons have been supporting their community in the fight against Covid-19, with the entire ground floor of the Masonic Hall at Cheshire View being used as a major vaccination hub
Manchester Level Club, the club for young and new Freemasons in Manchester, East Lancashire, recently held a charity auction and managed to raise the spectacular amount of £4,000 for a charity which is close to the hearts of all Manchester freemasons - Wood Street Mission
Homeless to receive more than £850,000 in donations from Freemasons to help protect them this winter
Having donated £1m between April and July to help those impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, Freemasons are now focusing on protecting the homeless, with a new series of donations across England and Wales
Knowle Masonic Centre (KMC) hosted an initiative on 5 December 2020 to collect food, toiletries and toys for less fortunate people this Christmas
Freemasons from across Leeds have answered a call to ensure hundreds of children across the city will receive at least one present this festive season
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire is a long-standing supporter of the charity Lifelites and has donated £35,000 over the past few years to support Lifelites’ work for children using Zoe’s Place Coventry and Acorns in Birmingham
The South Wales Freemasons have come to the help of a Cardiff Scout Group with a £425 donation to purchase PPE
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
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
West Lancashire Freemasons have donated £29,000 to a local youth club and received another contribution to their MCF 2021 Festival appeal
Cambridge Samaritans are being supported through the Covid-19 crisis, thanks to a grant from Cambridgeshire Freemasons
Lincolnshire's motorcycling Freemasons continue to be out on the road making vital deliveries across the Province
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
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
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
The Masonic Hall of Cheshire Freemasons has been turned into a essential 'pop up' school during the coronavirus lockdown
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 across England and Wales are lending a helping hand to young carers who are under increasing pressure as they support family members during lockdown
Local people in food poverty have been helped by a grant from Staffordshire Freemasons to Stoke-on-Trent Foodbank
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
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
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 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
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
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 launch The West Kent Emergency Fund to support the community in its fight against the effects of Covid-19
The Provincial Grand Master of West KentMark Estaugh has launched The West Kent Emergency Fund (WKEF) to the tune of £100,000
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
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
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
Freemasons provide 120,000 people with donations of 300,000 meals and 38 tonnes of food during the Covid-19 pandemic
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
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
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
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
Two Great Yarmouth charities who help the vulnerable and disabled across the town will benefit from donated frozen food from Norfolk Freemasons
South Wales Freemasons have donated 100 tablet computers to local hospitals to ensure patients can keep in touch with their families
Norfolk Freemason Colin Breckons has been shortlisted for a Telegraph Lockdown Award in recognition of his work making face shields for the NHS
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 became VC – Victory over Coronavirus – Day for one 96-year-oldWest Yorkshire Freemason and Connaught Court resident
Air ambulance crews get vital protective equipment thanks to £5,000 grant from Cambridgeshire Freemasons
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
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
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
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
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
North Dorset Freemasons have combined with the Dorset Masonic Care charity to provide much needed funds for Sherborne Food Bank
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
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 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
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.
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
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 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
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
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.
Community spirit is alive and kicking after a generous donation from Surrey Freemasons helped The Meath Epilepsy Charity overcome mindless vandalism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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, 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 Stewart has been single handily delivering hundreds of eggs to deserving causes this Easter
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 have donated £5,000 to Awyr Las, the North Wales National Health Services (NHS) Charity, to purchase 50 PC tablets.