At a time of increasing demand (in 2010 more grants were awarded than in any year since the Fund was established), it is immensely satisfying to know that all those who receive support from the Fund are truly grateful. Many letters are received expressing thanks to staff and trustees, but the real thanks are due to each and every donor, Almoner and Visiting Brother.
“I cannot tell you how grateful I am to you and my Masonic benefactors. I could not possibly have afforded this treatment myself and I certainly do not take this support for granted.”
“I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone for their support in my application for a knee operation. My knee cartilage snapped in half forcing me to join the NHS waiting list - a list which got longer each time I spoke with the hospital. Throughout the application, and post op, my Provincial Almoner gave me full support.”
“I am writing with heartfelt thanks for the work that you and your colleagues do at the MSF. I would also like to give special thanks to my lodge Almoner who selflessly took time from his own life to reassure and give support throughout the whole period; men like this are few and far between.”
“I am writing to say thank you for all the help and support you have given me over the last few weeks. I will be forever grateful to you and the team.”
Applicant names have been removed to retain confidentiality. Staff and Almoner names have been removed to spare their blushes! To all those who continue to work on behalf of the MSF, please accept the grateful thanks of beneficiaries, staff and trustees.
As it enters its 21st year, the Masonic Samaritan Fund continues to support the health and care needs of Freemasons and their dependants who have an identified health or care need and, faced with a long wait for treatment or care, cannot afford their own private provision without incurring financial hardship.
If you, or someone you know, is in need of health or care support please contact the Fund for advice on what support is available and how to complete the simple and confidential application process.
Warwickshire Hosts General Meeting
Warwickshire PGM David Macey has kindly agreed to host the next MSF General Meeting. It will be held at the Provincial Headquarters in Edgbaston on Wednesday, 30 March 2011.
The meeting will combine an opportunity to report on the ongoing work of the Fund whilst thanking the members of Warwickshire for their generous support through the 2012 Festival Appeal.
EMAIL SCAM – A WARNING
We have been made aware of an email scam claiming to come from the United Grand Lodge of England seeking to raise funds on behalf of the Masonic Samaritan Fund. This is a scam. The MSF has not, and will not, undertake any fundraising by email. Please ignore any email donation request that appears to come from the MSF. If you have any questions, or have received an email claiming to be on behalf of the MSF, please contact the Fund.