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Freemasons across England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are proud of their 300 year history of helping those in need.

Below are just a fraction of the organisations we have been able to help, which shows how the millions of pounds donated every year by Freemasons have made a real difference to local communities across the country.

 

Jolanta Lasota, Chief Executive, Ambitious about Autism

to the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London
“We’re very grateful to London Freemasons for their generous grant, which will provide immediate support to autistic young people who have been deeply affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. This grant will also have a long-term impact, allowing our team of experts to develop new ways of supporting autistic young people that will improve many more lives in the future.”
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Harry Thomas, Business Support Manager, The Anthony Seddon Fund

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Cheshire
“I am writing to thank you for your very generous donation to support our Charity and the work we are carrying out to support individuals during COVID-19 lockdown. We are reliant on donations such as this to allow us to continue to deliver these much needed services and understand there are many worthy causes around, so it means so much to us that you would select us for such a donation.”
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Lyndsay Hopper, Marketing Manager, Avante Care & Support

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Kent
“I wanted to write to you on behalf of Avante Care & Support to express our sincere thanks to you and the Union Lodge in Margate, for your generous and kind donation of 150 visors for our care staff. Your kind donation reinforces this and demonstrates how you want to help our care teams to continue to do their jobs safely.”
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“On behalf of the Board, staff and volunteers of the Bailiwick of Guernsey Victim Support and Witness Service, I would like to thank you for your very generous donation. My colleagues and I were delighted to have the opportunity to visit the Masonic Centre back in September and to hear about the fascinating _history of the Freemasons and their commendable work within the community. It was also a privilege to be present when the excellent work of the Guernsey Bereavement Service, Help a Guernsey Child and the Kidney Patients Association was recognised. Thank you once again for your support.”
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Jackie Dickinson, Manager, Bay Food Bank North Shields

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland
“We’d like to thank Northumberland Freemasons for the fantastic gift of £1500. We have food but it doesn’t last that long so the donation will help us to buy bags, boxes, fresh fruit and vegetables.”
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Linda Steggles, Chief Executive Officer, Beech Wood Charity

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Cheshire
“On behalf of my colleagues and the Board of Trustees, I would like to extend our gratitude for the donation made via Area 4, Cheshire Freemasons Charity to Beechwood Cancer Care. I assure you that your donation will be put to very good use at this particularly challenging time of the Covid-19 pandemic and we are very grateful that Beechwood was nominated as a deserving local charity. Please convey our thanks and appreciation to those who help to raise much-needed funds for local charities.”
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Jess Manley, Charity Director, Blue Smile

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Cambridgeshire
“We’re very grateful to Cambridgeshire Freemasons for their generous grant, which will help us to offer support to hundreds of children every week during term time. Often people don’t realise the scale of this issue, with, on average, three children in every class being affected by mental health difficulties.”
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Penny Brockman, Team Member, CBMRT Foundation

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of South Wales
“On behalf of CBMRT I would like to say a huge thank you to the Freemasons of South Wales for their extremely generous donation. Mobile 1 will be an invaluable asset and will be used in rescues across south, mid and west Wales, and undoubtedly will contribute to saving many lives in the area.”
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Zoe Doherty, fundraiser, CPSL Mind

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Cambridgeshire
“We were so pleased to receive this donation. In 2018/19 we provided more than 21,400 hours of one-to-one support locally, including more than 6,800 hours of talking therapies. Demand for our services remains high and this donation will enable us to help even more people in need of mental health support.”
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Nicola Brister, Founder and CEO, Don’t Lose Hope

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lincolnshire
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the Freemasons’ Charity and the very generous donation. This donation will enable us to continue our service of delivering food and other essentials to people who do not have access to online shopping and are not supposed to be leaving the house.”
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Emily Walsh, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH)

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Suffolk
“Thank you so much for your incredibly generous gift, on behalf of all the children, young people and families that we care for, please accept our most sincere gratitude. This is a difficult time in which everyone is dealing with an unprecedented crisis, and for you to think of us during this pandemic is truly appreciated. The support of Suffolk Royal Arch Masons for EACH’s vision that every child deserves support, care and opportunities no matter what their condition is absolutely invaluable to so. Many families - thank you”.
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Richard Hindson, Head of Operations, East Anglian Air Ambulance

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Cambridgeshire
“We’re very grateful to Cambridgeshire Freemasons for their generous grant. Our crews’ safety is paramount and we need to keep them safe so that the helicopters and rapid response vehicles remain operational and ready to respond when needed. We attended 178 missions in March alone, and this equipment is vital to keep both ambulance crews and patients safe.”
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“We’re very grateful to South Wales Freemasons for their generous grant. We believe passionately in the power of music. Singing together in a relaxed and fun environment has immense therapeutic benefits for those with dementia and their families. The joy and laughter are infectious, and the feel-good factor remains long after the rehearsal is over.”
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Ben Talbot, Chief Executive, The Friary

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Nottinghamshire
“On behalf of the trustees, staff and visitors I would like to express grateful thanks to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Nottinghamshire for your continued support and for the very generous gift.”
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Lyse Stephenson, Operational Manager, Friendship at Home

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lincolnshire
“The donation will make such a difference to our members as it enables them to take part in activities that they would usually be able to enjoy at our clubs and with their friends. By taking part in these activities it not only passes many solitary minutes, but communicates they have not been forgotten in these lonely times. We are seeing such a positive bearing on their mental health; thank you, Freemasons.”
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Mrs. Carol Williams, Office Coordinator, Herefordshire Vennture

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Herefordshire
“I am writing to say a heartfelt thank you for the grant from Herefordshire Masonic Charitable Association. As you know, we are totally funded by grants and donations and without this sort of donation, we would struggle to provide the care and love on the streets that we strive to achieve. We really do appreciate your support as we look to make our streets in Hereford much safer and attractive. “
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Simmi Woodwal, Chief Executive, Honeypot Children’s Charity

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Hampshire & Isle of Wight
“On behalf of everyone at the Honeypot Children’s Charity, I would like to express my deepest appreciation for the £8,000 donation from the Provincial Grand Lodge Hampshire & Isle of Wight. Please pass on my thanks to all those involved in the decision to award Honeypot with this wonderful gift. The level of support offered through this donation is beyond measure. It is through the generosity and encouragement of people like you that Honeypot will be able to provide critical support for our young carers during and after the Covid-19 crisis.”
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Ken Brombley, Chairman, Hope MS Therapy Centre

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of West Wales
“We are delighted to receive this wonderful donation. We are continually striving to offer our services to as many people as possible and the ongoing support of our community is what makes this possible.”
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“We are delighted and so grateful that the Surrey Freemasons have given £2,500 to the University to provide much needed support for students who are struggling whilst remaining on campus. Not all of our students have been able to return home for lockdown, and many have also lost jobs and are unable to pay for everyday essentials. They are coming to us for support, and thanks to friends like you we can make sure none of our students need to go without during this uncertain and frightening time.”
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“We are incredibly grateful to the Surrey Freemasons for their generous gift to support our most vulnerable students during the Covid-19 crisis.”
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Edward Ziff OBE DL, Chairman, Leeds Cares

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Yorkshire, West Riding
“As Chairman of Leeds Cares, I wanted to personally thank you for the incredible gift of £19,200 towards Leeds Teaching Hospital’s purchase of additional equipment during the Covid-19 pandemic. This gift will make a huge difference to the level of treatment and care that we can provide to critically ill patients from across Yorkshire. We really are truly grateful for your incredible support and please pass on my thanks to everyone in the West Riding Masonic Charities who has made this possible.”
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Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive, Lifelites

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Surrey
“A big thank you for the continuing support of the Surrey Freemasons. You are helping to give life-limited and disabled children in their Province a chance to play, communicate, and control something for themselves, for as long as it is possible.”
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Lucy Chapman, Director of Fundraising, Magpas Air Ambulance

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Cambridgeshire
“We’re very grateful to Cambridgeshire Freemasons for their generous grant. This personal protective equipment is essential to keep our air ambulance crew flying during the coronavirus emergency. We’ll be able to carry on providing life-saving treatment to local people while keeping our team safe and protected.”
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“The visors are wonderful – thank you so very much!! We are giving them out to the houses today and also to Changing Perceptions to use as they are offering a takeaway food service and need protection. Thank you so much for thinking of us again. You have been such good friends to us and we really appreciate it.”
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“Thank you so much for your donation. MHA East Surrey Live at Home will use the generous funding from the Freemasons to part-cover costs to deliver a new essential service developed in response to the Corvid-19 situation.”
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Philip Jessop, Operations Manager, Newark Community First Aid

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Nottinghamshire
“I am writing to thank you for your generous donation. We were delighted to receive the cheque yesterday at Newark Masonic Lodge. The funds will be used to purchase a defibrillator to replace an old model that goes out of service this summer.”
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Gerald Bassett, Practice Manager, NHS East Cliff Practice

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Kent
“We are writing to express our appreciation for your help in providing us with face shields for our clinical staff. These shields will make a real difference in helping us to protect the health of our patients and staff. The NHS is being recognised for the part it is playing in the current pandemic, but it is the contribution of members of our community like yourself, that is making a real difference in helping us to work safely and effectively, and enabling us to continue providing a service to our patients.”
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Lucy Dalgress, Community Fundraising Manager, Nottingham Hospitals Charity

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Nottinghamshire
“We were incredibly grateful to receive your recent donation. What an incredible amount which will make all the difference to our Hospitals. Your generosity makes Nottingham’s hospitals better for patients and their families. It also gives the hospital staff a huge boost to hear about such wonderful kindness, which has a real impact on their work.”
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Steve Earl, Managing Director, Panel Graphic

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Norfolk
“Panel Graphic have been proud and delighted to work alongside the Norfolk Freemasons, the action they have taken really protects some of the most vulnerable members of our community and enables face shields to get to those who really needs them.”
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“Thank you so much for coming over last Thursday to deliver the 200 visors for our nurses, staff and volunteers. These will be invaluable to not only the Hospice but to our 18 retail shops as well. Donations of PPE are hugely important to us, as it is vital that we do everything we can to keep our patients, families, staff and volunteers safe. Thank you so much for this donation, and for your continued support – we really do appreciate it.”
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Father Christopher Lewis-Jenkins, Plant Dewi Project

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of West Wales
“We’re very grateful to West Wales freemasons for their generous grant, which will allow us to provide vital help and support to fathers living in poverty who want to strengthen relationships with their families.”
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Gez Walsh, Project Leader, Platform 1

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Yorkshire, West Riding
“I am writing to thank you for the generous contribution (£10k) from the Masonic charities fund for Platform 1. Without the Masons’ help we would not be able to function as we do, so once again, on behalf of Platform 1, I would like to express our sincere thanks for this generous contribution to enable us to continue our work within the local area.”
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Kate-Marie Mitchell, Drop-in Manager, POINT

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of West Wales
“We’re very grateful to West Wales Freemasons for this generous grant, which will help us to provide the young people of Fishguard and Goodwick with nutritious meals and activities which have been chosen by the young people themselves. Over the next two years, we plan to work with up to 200 young people and have a major impact on their lives.”
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Mark Nicholas, CEO, Priscilla Bacon Hospice appeal

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Norfolk
“We are thrilled that the Provincial Grand Master has given his support to the campaign through this most generous organisation. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of having a ‘good death’ surrounded by your loved ones. The new Priscilla Bacon Hospice will have 24 beds, which is a 50% increase on the current Priscilla Bacon Lodge and will coordinate the Hospice at Home service to ensure that more people in Norfolk and Waveney can have a ‘good death’.”
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Mr J. P. Reddin, Headmaster, Ratcliffe College

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Nottinghamshire
“I am writing to thank you and the Provincial Grand Lodge of Nottinghamshire for your generous support of Ratcliffe College’s production of PPE for local NHS workers and care home workers. Your wonderful donation enabled the School to purchase an Ultimaker 3D printer which has now been in production for four weeks alongside our other printers.”
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Marie-Claire Dillon, Fundraising Manager, Reading Mencap

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Berkshire
“Thanks to your support, we will be able to continue this work during Covid-19. We really appreciate you helping us in this way, especially when there are so many deserving charities and vulnerable people out there. This money will go a long way in helping us create and deliver activity packs to our service users with learning disabilities while they are unable to attend their usual group activities at Reading Mencap.”
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“On behalf of everyone from The Rising Sun Domestic Violence & Abuse Service I would like to sincerely thank you and everyone at East Kent Freemasons for your donation. This will go a long way to support women and families affected by domestic abuse. As you may know Rising Sun has been supporting adults, families and children for over 40 years, and as well as rebuilding lives we also deliver many prevention projects.”
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Jane Roberts, Chair of Trustees, Ross Community Development Trust

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Herefordshire
“We are grateful. This money will help us to continue our work supporting those in Ross and surrounding parishes who are at risk or at disadvantage due the Covid pandemic. Please pass the sincere thanks of the trustees to your membership, for their work in raising this money and their trust on our charity to make good use of the funds.”
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Marcelle Porteous, Founder, Scrub Hub South Birmingham

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Worcestershire
“On behalf of Scrub Hub South Birmingham I would like to thank The Worcestershire Provincial Charity Stewards for the generous donation. Your gift will help us to produce even more scrubs, scrub bags and ear guards to help our amazing key workers during this most challenging of times. We are so grateful for your support.”
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Miriam Oppenheim, Senior Fundraising Manager, See Ability

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Surrey
“On behalf of everyone at SeeAbility, I would like to thank you and the Surrey Freemasons for your incredible donation of protective visors for our services. These will help keep our colleagues and the people we support safe and prevent the spread of infection.”
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Katy Anderson, Manager, Shrewsbury Food Hub

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Shropshire
"When COVID-19 hit, Shrewsbury Food Hub needed resources to adapt to the situation and meet increased levels of need. Swift support from Masonic Lodges enabled us to keep operating, double the amount of surplus food we redistribute and set up 6 new Foodshare outlets with our partners so we can reach more than 1,500 people each week. A special mention needs to go to the Salopian Lodge of Charity 117 who donated a van, without which we would not be able to operate in this post COVID-world. We also co-ordinate the Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance to tackle food poverty across the county and are administering grants funded by the Shropshire Masonic Charitable Trust and Masonic Charitable Foundation to help food banks prepare for the coming recession. We'd like to say a heartfelt thanks to Freemasons across Shropshire for their generosity in this time of need.”
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Julia Hewer, Acting Director, Signpost Stockport for Carers

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Cheshire
“I am writing to thank you, the members of Area 4 and the Cheshire Freemasons Charity, for your generous donation to Signpost Stockport for Carers, supporting our work during the COVID-19 lockdown…The funding that we have received from CFC really is appreciated and will most definitely help us to continue to deliver and develop our services. Thank you once again.”
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Sally Morris, St David’s Hospice

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of South Wales
“Our local hospice and at home nurses are desperate for the PPE visors, we are so grateful to the South Wales Freemasons for this. This is wonderful thank you so much.”
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Anda Chiu, Senior Fundraising Manager, Step By Step

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Berkshire
“At this time of crisis and uncertainty, your kindness and support is a beacon of much needed hope. These past few months have been one of the most testing times we have faced as the Step by Step team. The pressure and stress is unbelievable, but we are determined to continue to support the young people the best we can. It is only with the kindness from people like you, that we are able to do so.”
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Roxana Brian, Admin Manager, Stowford House Care Home

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Berkshire
“On behalf of the residents of Stowford House Care Home, I would like to send a big thank you for the two Samsung tablets we received last Friday. We appreciate your generosity at this difficult time, we will be able to use one tablet on each floor so that families can see their loved ones on a regular basis. Thanks again much appreciated.”
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Mark Deer, Suffolk Primary Care

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Suffolk
“Many thanks for the 500 Masks. Here at Howard House and Haven Health the team have been working together to provide the services across the Felixstowe area by providing dedicated sites for possible Covid -19 patients and a site for non-Covid related patients and this means that this we are using lots of PPE that is very hard to source from our normal sources. We would like to thank Provincial Grand Lodge of Suffolk for the kind much needed donation.”
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“Thank you so much for your kind donation of Face Shields that we gratefully received today. Please see the photographs attached showing one of Clinical Managers, Mike Rose receiving them this morning with one of our response cars in the background (both aircraft out on tasks). The face shields are particularly useful to us as they are packed flat and will fit easily in our response bags that are carried to every patient that we attend. Thank you once again for your ongoing support.”
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“Our thanks to the Freemasons for their kind donation to the University of Surrey Emergency Student Support Appeal. Your support will help students facing financial hardship as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many students are unable to return to their homes due to government advice or international travel restrictions. Some have lost their part-time jobs with the closure of restaurants, shops and leisure facilities and are struggling to pay for essential groceries and private rents. This appeal is our way to show we stand with them to answer their call for help.”
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Amanda Collins, Trusts Fundraising Manager, Thames Valley Air Ambulance

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Buckinghamshire
“Every day, someone in our community could be in need of our service. The support of the Buckinghamshire Freemasons enables us to continue to deliver advanced medical care across Buckinghamshire to people in an emergency. Your donation helps to save lives – thank you so much.”
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Eleanor Prescott, Ty Hafan

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of South Wales
“We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support of the Masons, and your donation of vital PPE at a time like this is invaluable to the organisation. This donation of critical equipment means we will be able to keep life-limited children and families in need safe and shielded whilst still providing them with the highest standard of care. PPE has been a considerable challenge to secure throughout the healthcare sector during this crisis. Without supporters, including the Masons, willing to provide us with a donation of PPE, we would struggle to meet the levels necessary, and in the worst case have to restrict our services to keep families safe. Thanks to you we can go on fulfilling our purpose to help make short lives full family lives and be there for families as long as they need us.”
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Laura Power, Fundraising Manager, University Hospitals Birmingham

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Worcestershire
“Thank you on behalf of University Hospitals Birmingham Charity for your involvement in awarding an exceptionality generous total grand of £34,500 to enable us to provide items for our staff who are working so incredibly hard during such a difficult and worrying time and for our patients and their families who are struggling to stay in contact with one another.”
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“We are really very grateful for the support of the region’s Freemasons. Every single test is vital in the fight against this disease, and this equipment will make a huge difference.”
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Belinda Fugill, Project Manager, Wansbeck Food Bank

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland
“The donation we’ve received from the Freemasons will go a long way to helping our clients in this area.”
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John McCorry, Chief Executive, West End Food Bank

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland
“I’d just like to say thank you to the Northumberland Freemasons for the donation to the foodbank as it’s really going to help us as soon many people need our help at this time.”
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Amber Coates, Community Fundraiser, West Mercia Women’s Aid

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Herefordshire
“I am writing to thank you for your support at this difficult time. We would like to express our gratitude to Herefordshire Freemasons for their kind donation. We really are very grateful for your generous support as without these kind donations we would not be able to provide the service we do here at West Mercia Women’s Aid.”
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Sam Gilchrist, Project Manager, West Northumberland Food Bank

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Northumberland
“I just want to say thank you to all the Northumberland Freemasons as this award of £1500 has come at a particularly difficult time when we’ve had to radically change our services due the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve had to close to the public our foodbanks and open a helpline and demand has increased. Local support from the freemasons has been invaluable.”
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Mike Hey, Head of Fundraising and Marketing, White Lodge

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Surrey
“In these extraordinary times the disabled children, young people and adults who we serve are finding the isolation such a huge challenge. Whilst we have been able to provide a limited service with some innovative remote support it’s just not the same as the personal 121 support we offer on site. It’s therefore more important than ever that we are here for the community as we come out of this necessary lockdown. To that end, we are therefore so very grateful to our friends at Surrey Masons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation for this generous donation of £5,000. At a time when funding is such a concern this will go a long way to ensure that White Lodge is enabling ability in the weeks and months ahead. Thank you!”
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“I am writing to say thank you, your recent donation on behalf of Cheshire Freemasons has been gratefully received. On behalf of all the patients, their families, volunteers and staff here at Willow Wood – thank you!”
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Stephen Carroll, Corporate Business Manager, Willowbrook Hospice

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of West Lancashire
“On behalf of everyone associated with Willowbrook Hospice may I take this opportunity of thanking you for your generous donation. Your donation has allowed us to buy 4 PC monitors plus external furniture which has helped us to reopen the Sunflower Café at the Living Well.”
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Mr. Lucas, Worcester Foodbank

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Worcestershire
“Thank you very much for your generosity and donation to Worcester Foodbank in support of the six Trussell Trust foodbanks across Worcestershire. This will help the Foodbanks in the county area to support local individuals and families who find themselves in crisis and help to restore them in a fresh hope for their future.”
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Dr Rebecca Brown and Sarah Ashton (on behalf of the York Scrubs Team)

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Yorkshire, North & East Ridings
“We would like to say a huge thank you to all the Freemasons lodges that very generously donated an incredible £5,735. Your donation has allowed us to make vital personal protective equipment for frontline staff during the Covid-19 pandemic, and we were able to make over 1,400 sets of scrubs with the money you donated.”
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Caroline Myers, Trusts & Legacies Manager, Yorkshire Air Ambulance

to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Yorkshire, West Riding
“After another very busy year for the charity, I am writing to thank Yorkshire Freemasons for their very generous support of our work helping to save lives across Yorkshire. Your ongoing support has helped us to be there for over 1,100 people last year.”
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