Members of Military Jubilee Lodge No. 2195 in the Province of East Kent are always keen help other organisations that may need that extra bit of funding and over the last year have donated over £5,000 to a number of local charities
They raise the money from donations given by members, holding social events and dinner dances. Martin Jones, who has been President of the lodge over the last 12 months, said: ‘My wife Carol and I are proud to see help given where it’s needed and I am honoured to be a member of the East Kent Freemasons.’
Among those who have been helped by the lodge over the last year are For Us Too, which was set up in 2010 by a group of local parents and carers, with the aim of improving the lives of disabled children, young people and their families across East Kent. They represent the views and experiences of parents and carers, to fight for support, and to enable families to make things better.
The charity said: ‘Donations like this from the Freemasons really makes a difference whether it’s for a Christmas party, some specialist equipment or a bespoke training workshop for parents/carers.’
Dover Smart Project is a local Dover-based charity that works with young carers, young adult carers, older people, those living with a dementia, people without homes and Hospice patients. Their aim is to enhance these people’s extraordinary lives using art, creativity and kindness.
They said: ‘The kind donation we received from Military Jubilee Lodge will go directly to our older young carer group which supports young people from 18-25 who care for a family member. This group offers vital respite and a break from responsibility for them as they juggle home, college, work with being a carer. The group is led by a young carer who we have supported for 6 years and is now able to work helping others.’
Dover Soup Kitchen has been in existence for almost 30 years, feeding the hungry, homeless and lonely every night of the week, currently from the porch of St Mary’s church in Dover. They have about 150 volunteers on our rota, and they work in teams of 2 to 4 to buy, prepare and serve the food.
Judith Shilling said: ‘On behalf of the Dover Soup Kitchen, please accept our thanks for the kind donation which will help with provide sleeping bags and clothing when requested.’
Other organisations helped by the Dover lodge over the last year include: Alzheimer’s, Canterbury Oast Trust, Scouts and the British Heart Foundation.