The Freemasons’ Grand Charity is giving 17 charities a total of £57,500 as part of its Minor Grants Programme. Grants range from £2,000 to £5,000 and are given to support a wide range of causes
Speaking about the Minor Grants programme Laura Chapman, Chief Executive of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, said:
'Many smaller charities provide vital support to people and communities in need. The Minor Grants Programme enables us to contribute towards their core funding to help them to continue their work. Helping people in need is central to our grant making, and we are delighted that we are able to do this through the many charities we support.'
The following charities have received grants:
A charity dedicated to helping people with disabilities that require bespoke equipment to help them with their everyday lives.
Headquarters located in Hertfordshire. www.demand.org.uk
Drake Music £2,500
The only organisation in England specialising in the use of assistive music technology to break down (physical/societal) barriers to participation in music and the arts.
Headquarters located in London. www.drakemusic.org
Fishing for Heroes £2,500
A nationwide charity based in Derby with the aim of helping forces personnel who are suffering from emotional issues after the horrors of active service.
Headquarters located in Derbyshire. www.fishingforheroes.com
FoodCycle runs volunteer-powered community projects across the UK – working to reduce food poverty and social isolation by serving tasty, nutritious meals to vulnerable groups.
Headquarters located in London. www.foodcycle.org.uk
Grandparents Plus £2,500
Grandparents Plus is the national charity that champions the vital role of grandparents and the wider family, in children’s lives.
Headquarters located in London. www.grandparentsplus.org.uk
Housing the Homeless Central Fund £2,500
A small-grant making charity that supports homeless people, people under threat of becoming homeless or losing essential services due to severe personal setbacks, and carers of children in impoverished circumstances.
Headquarters located in London.
The Jumbulance Trust makes it possible for severely disabled and unwell adults, children and dependent elderly people to travel on holidays and day outings.
Headquarters located in Hertfordshire. www.jumbulance.org.uk
The Masonic Fishing Charity £5,000
The Masonic Fishing Charity’s aim is to bring an interactive fishing and countryside experience to people with special needs.
Headquarters located in Middlesex. www.mtsfc.org.uk
National Migraine Centre £2,000
The National Migraine Centre is at the forefront of primary headache research, as well as treating sufferers of migraine and cluster headache for over 30 years.
Headquarters located in London. www.migraineclinic.org.uk
NBFA Assisting the Elderly £5,000
By offering a select range of practical services, the NBFA actively encourage independent living in older age and help to combat loneliness.
Headquarters located in London. www.nbfa.org.uk
Peter Le Marchant Trust £5,000
Offering holidays and day trips on three disability-adapted boats for children, adults and families who are living with disabilities and serious illnesses.
Headquarters located in Leicestershire. www.peterlemarchanttrust.co.uk
Pod Charitable Trust £2,500
A nationwide charity that organises entertainment for children in hospital, to help alleviate the trauma of a hospital stay by sowing the seeds of fun, laughter and feeling better.
Headquarters located in North Wales. www.podchildrenscharity.com
REACT are working towards improving the quality of life for children with life-limiting illnesses living in financially disadvantaged households throughout the UK.
Headquarters located in Surrey. www.reactcharity.org
Sebastian’s Action Trust £2,500
Sebastian’s Action Trust has created the UK's only purpose-built facility that offers respite holidays to very sick children and their families, enabling precious time to be spent together.
Headquarters located in Surrey. www.sebastiansactiontrust.org
Sky Badger £2,500
Sky Badger is a charity that finds help and adventure for disabled children and their families in the UK.
Headquarters located in Bedfordshire. www.skybadger.co.uk
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide £3,000
A self-help organisation that exists to meet the needs of people aged 18+ bereaved by suicide, and to help them overcome the isolation they may experience.
Headquarters located in Derbyshire. www.uk-sobs.org.uk
Tourettes Action £2,500
Tourettes Action is the leading support and research charity for people with Tourette Syndrome and their families.
Headquarters located in Surrey. www.tourettes-action.org.uk
Representatives from the charities have said:
'The Freemasons' Grand Charity have provided vital funding to FoodCycle in 2014. This will enable us to reach more vulnerable people at risk of food poverty and social isolation across the UK.
'We are particularly grateful that they are willing to fund core costs, which allows us to spend the money where it will have the greatest impact, and support our national expansion. Food waste and food poverty unfortunately co-exist in communities up and down the country - we want to change this and we are incredibly grateful to The Freemasons' Grand Charity for their support for FoodCycle'
Mary McGrath, Chief Executive of FoodCycle
'Thanks to a grant of £2,000 from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, we were able to fund 10 life-changing appointments for sufferers of migraine or cluster headache with our highly experienced headache specialists.
'Patients who are extremely disabled by migraine were given personalised treatment plans that have educated and empowered them, to self-manage their condition and regain control of their lives.'
Heather Sim, Chief Executive of the National Migraine Centre
'One of the hospitals we visit recently said ‘If the NHS could bottle this, it would be on prescription.’ Laughter is the best medicine!
'This year Pod magicians, puppeteers, musicians and clowns will be providing 2,400 shows, which will cheer up thousands of children in 150 hospitals and hospices.
'Pod is very grateful for the recent grant from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, and it will bring magic, fun and laughter into the lives of children in Carshalton, Torquay, Telford and Sunderland hospitals.'
Margaret Munford MBE, Administrator, Pod Children's Charity
'NBFA Assisting the Elderly works to improve the wellbeing of older people on low incomes, through our short breaks and outreach programme.
'Many of our beneficiaries are socially isolated and coping with life changes, such as ill health and bereavement. We are in touch with over 12,000 older people whom we have helped lead lives that are more independent. We immensely value the support of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity.'
David Moss, Fundraising and Development Officer, NBFA Assisting the Elderly
'This generous grant from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity enabled Fishing for Heroes to deliver three, four-day, one-to-one residential courses for Veterans who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
'This has already been of significant benefit, not just to those who attended the courses, but to those loved ones who care for them.'
Paul West, National Coordinator for Fishing for Heroes
'This year, The Freemasons' Grand Charity has helped us solve problems and find adventures for over 234,000 disabled and life-limited children in the UK.
'Their confidence in our charity Sky Badger, has helped as grow faster than we could have imagined - creating three new jobs for disabled people and carers & fourteen new volunteering roles since 2013.
'Thank you so much!'
Naomi Marek, Chief Executive for Sky Badger
The Minor Grants programme is part of the overall £2.5million donated by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity every year.
Visit grandcharity.org for more information.