Essex Freemasons have raised £5,502,833 for The Freemasons’Grand Charity over a six-year period.
The astonishing amount was unveiled at a dinner in June celebrating the culmination of the Essex Festival 2011. In the sumptuoussurroundings of London’s Guildhall, John Webb, Provincial Grand Master for Essex, presented a cheque to the Grand Charity’s President, Grahame Elliott. Pro Grand Master Peter Lowndes was also present, along with more than a thousand masons, together with wives, partners and friends.‘What a truly magnificent total,’ said Elliott. ‘I can confirm that it is the largest amount that The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has ever received from one of its Festivals in the 30 years that the charity has been in operation.’ He added that the money will enable the charity to continue its good work. ‘I thank the Provincial Grand Master and all members of the Province of Essex for raising a sum that is truly of historical significance in the life of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity.’
HELP AT HAND IN TROUBLED TIMES
In the current economic climate, the support offered by the Grand Charity to those in straitened circumstances has never been more significant. In 2010, Masonic Relief Grants totalled nearly £5 million, the largest amount given in the charity’s history. In many cases, this is a direct response to the economic crisis that has affected countless people. Masonic Relief Grants are given to assist with essential daily living costs and unexpected needs (e.g. funeral bills, emergency repairs, hardship faced following an accident, redundancy, or other personal crises).
SPEAK TO US
Would you like to know more about the work of The Freemasons' Grand Charity? It welcomes invitations to speak about its work and, subject to availability, can arrange for a representative to speak at lodge meetings and other events. All presentations are tailored to suit the occasion, the audience and the time frame.New leaflets are also available, including the Annual Review 2010, Masonic Grants 2010, Grants to Charities 2010, Hospice Grants 1984-2010, and Celebrating 30 years of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity.
If you feel that you may be eligible to receive a grant, please contact your lodge Almoner, Provincial Grand Almoner or The Freemasons’ Grand Charity on 020 73959391 / 9293. Every case is considered on its individual merits and in strict confidence.