Nearly 30 charities and good causes were presented with cheques totalling £57,292 from Southampton Freemasons at a special community event attended by the Mayor of Southampton, Cllr Peter Baillie
The money was raised by Freemasons in Southampton who invited the recipients of the cheques to address the hall and explain what their charity does.
Also at the Freemasonry in the Community event was the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Jon Whitaker and Assistant Provincial Grand Master Jonathan Stainton-Ellis.
Among those charitable organisation represented were Southampton Hospital Charity, Countess Mountbatten Hospice, Hampshire and IOW Air Ambulance, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Friday Night Charity, Honeypot Children’s Charity and Newlands Primary School.
Jon Whitaker said: 'It is always humbling to listen to the representatives of the charities and good causes. They are often small organisations run by incredibly dedicated people who are able to inspire others.
'As well as donating on a regular basis to charities through their subscriptions, our members and their lodges raise money for their own charities, and it is this money that was donated. As Freemasons we are committed to raising money and helping our communities.'
After the event at the Masonic Hall at Albion Place, the Mayor tweeted: 'Went to the Southampton Masonic Hall to see a lot of charities receive cheques from the various lodges.
'Some very impressive charities doing great work received over £57,000. Well done to the Freemasons for your fundraising.'