Charity

 

MASONIC CHARITIES

 

In October 2016 the Worshipful Master along with 6 other brethren and partners from the Lodge, attended the RMTGB Festival Gala Dinner at the Bournemouth International Centre with around 600 other people.  This was the culmination of the RMTGB Festival and it is was announced that the brethren of Hampshire had raised a record total of over £7m for this worthwhile charity.  The Elizabethan Lodge itself has raised a wonderful total in excess of £30,000 on its own, and we should be extremely proud that despite the numbers in the lodge declining we have continued to give admirable support to this cause and are one of the largest contributors to this and other good causes.

Charitable giving, which can be time and effort as well as money, is at the very heart of Freemasonry, and here in The Elizabethan Lodge we pride ourselves on the many charitable donations which we make each year. There are four main National Masonic Charities the aims of which are briefly explained as follows:

GRAND CHARITY

The Grand Charity assists Masons and their dependants by giving grants to those Freemasons who are experiencing hardship in difficult times.  It also makes donations to Masonic and Non Masonic charities some of which are: Vulnerable people, Youth Opportunities, Hospices, Medical Research, and emergency grants all over the world.  It should be noted that we give more to non Masonic causes than we do to Masonic causes.

THE ROYAL MASONIC BENEVOLENT INSTITUTION

This charity has been caring for older Freemasons and their dependants for over 160 years. They operate 17 residential and care homes in England and Wales.  As well as providing nursing and residential care, the RMBI also offers sheltered accommodation for those people who prefer to live more independently.

THE MASONIC SAMARITAN FUND

The MSF exists to financially assist Freemasons, their families and Freemason’s widows who have an identified medical need, but cannot afford to fund private medical treatment and who face a long wait for the NHS.

ROYAL MASONIC TRUST FOR GIRLS AND BOYS

The RMTGB is there to assist the sons and daughters of Freemasons to gain better education when the parents cannot afford to do so.  It will also, when resources permit, give the same relief to children outside of the craft. There are other charities within our Province for the more “local” needs. 

 

 

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