East Kent Freemasons raise £3.65 million for The Grand Charity
Freemasons in the Province of East Kent celebrated a major fundraising campaign on Saturday 28th June 2014, when a cheque for more than £3.65 million was presented to one of the organisation’s four major charities, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, which has donated more than £120 million to support people in need since 1981.
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Festival President and guests at the Province of East Kent’s closing dinner for The Freemasons’ Grand Charity’s 2014 Festival.
'We are tremendously grateful to the members of the Province and their families for their contribution to our funds.
'Their hard work and dedication to fundraising means that The Grand Charity can continue to help communities with grants to medical research, support for vulnerable people, youth opportunities, hospice services, air ambulances, Freemasons and their dependents in financial need, and disaster relief work world-wide.' – Richard Hone, QC, President of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity
Each year The Grand Charity provides grants totalling nearly £8 million, most of which are for individuals and charities across the whole of England and Wales. In the five years since the Province of East Kent started is special appeal for the Charity, grants given locally have included £117,000 to cover the salaries of two Marie Curie nurses in Kent over three years and £120,000 to train apprentice stonemasons at Canterbury Cathedral.
'All of the money for this appeal has been raised by the members of the Province. I was delighted to be able to announce the culmination of their efforts and present a cheque to the President, Richard Hone, QC, at our celebratory dinner in Folkestone on Saturday night.
'I know that our donation will help to change the lives thousands of people in need and I am so proud of all our members and their families for their generous support and the huge efforts they have made.' – Geoffrey Dearing, Provincial Grand Master for East Kent