Our first donor
While the Masonic Charitable Foundation officially launched on 1 April 2016, it was in late 2015 that the first donation was received, when John Grimwood sent a £5 text donation upon receipt of his MCF lapel pin
‘I was surprised to learn that I was the first donor,’ said John, who joined Freemasonry more than 36 years ago. ‘I think this must be the first time in my life that I have been the first at anything!’
When John was asked to describe himself, the word ‘busy’ cropped up several times. When not at the office, he can be found tending his small collection of classic vehicles, watching games at Norwich City FC or spending time with Patty, his wife of 48 years, and his two grandchildren. The rest of his time is devoted to his role as Provincial Grand Almoner for Lincolnshire, which, as one of the largest Provinces geographically, keeps him very busy indeed.
John’s passion for charitable work was influenced by his early experiences. Although he had an idyllic childhood in the village of Moulton, his mother was a widow and money was tight. Understanding what it is like to face hardship, John says he feels a huge sense of relief each time an application for support is successful.
For John, the launch of the Masonic Charitable Foundation is a positive step for masonic charity: ‘I believe that the confusing perceptions of the previous four charities will fade away and the Foundation will encourage more financial contributions and a better understanding of what we do. Our message and story is now so much easier to tell – so, let’s tell it.’