The Metropolitan Masonic Charity has donated £100,000 to provide immediate relief support for people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire on June 14th
Sir Michael Snyder, Leader of London Freemasons, commented: 'This donation is made on behalf of all London Freemasons.
'The Metropolitan Masonic Charity regularly supports many local charities and community initiatives across London and we wish to assist those who have lost their homes as well as all of their possessions.'
Lift for London Air Ambulance
Assistant Metropolitan Grand Master Ian Currans has received a cheque for £4,000 on behalf of the Metropolitan Masonic Charity, in support of the appeal to help London’s Air Ambulance charity acquire and run a second helicopter for the city. The cheque was presented by members of Kynaston Studd Lodge, No. 5416, following a presentation of ‘Talking Heads – The Next Step: Into The Royal Arch’.
London Freemasons have pledged £2 million towards the London Air Ambulance’s £4.4 million ‘Your London, Your Helicopter’ campaign, which saw the second air ambulance go into operation on 28 January this year.
Lodge Master Mike Binsted said, ‘London Freemasons are well over halfway to raising our target of £2 million to … extend the flying hours and capability of the London Air Ambulance advanced trauma team.’
AMetGM VW Bro. Ian Currans received a cheque for £4,000 on behalf of the Metropolitan Masonic Charity in support of the appeal to raise £2m towards the cost of a 2nd Air Ambulance for London in the "Your London, Your Helicopter" campaign. The cheque was presented to him by Kynaston Studd Lodge No. 5416 on his visit to the Lodge as part of a "Talking Heads –The Next Step: Into The Royal Arch" presentation (see Freemasonry Today Autumn 2015).
WM Mike Binsted said "London Freemasons are well over half way to raising our target of £2m to put a second Air Ambulance in the sky over London and so extend the flying hours and capability of the London Air Ambulance advanced trauma team. I am both pleased and tremendously proud of our Lodge members in raising and donating the £4,000 presented today, which forms part of this Lodge's support for the appeal."
Congratulating the Lodge, Bro. Currans said "I am stunned by the generosity of Kynaston Studd members in supporting this appeal which has captured the imagination of London Freemasons. The additional Air Ambulance will be of great benefit to the populous of London and will be a very visible sign of the charitable efforts and community commitment of all London Masons."
Connaught Club is in the swim
Every year the Connaught Club launches a charity appeal for the Metropolitan Masonic Charity.
With its membership made up of London masons aged under 35, the club decided to make this year’s charity venture a simulation of the 56-mile swim from mainland Britain to Ireland. Around 20 club members set themselves the challenge of swimming 1,802.5 lengths in the outdoor Olympic-sized pool at London Fields Lido, working in shifts. The swim took more than eight hours and raised over £5,000 for the Metropolitan Masonic Charity. A bottle of champagne went to Fabian Rosso, who swam 350 lengths and covered more than 10 miles.