Hampshire and Isle of Wight Freemasons donate over £20,000 to 31 charities

Tuesday, 19 June 2018
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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Freemasons have donated over £20,000 to 31 charities at a celebration evening at Farnborough Masonic Centre on 4th May

All the donations distributed to the charities had been raised from individual members of the area’s lodges. Of the many and varied methods of raising funds are raffles, special events and personal donations, all with the specific aim of distributing to local charities.

The evening was hosted by William Withers, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Hampshire and Isle of Wight. Dignitaries present included the local Aldershot Member of Parliament, Leo Docherty, together with the Mayor of Rushmoor, Sophia Choudhary, as well as Cllr Ken Muschamp, Cllr Charles Choudhary and Diane Bedford.

Representatives of the charities and other agencies gave interesting and inspirational talks about their own work and how donations are put to good use.

Amongst the 31 charities which received donations, were Phyllis Tuckwell, Lifelites, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Hampshire Air Ambulance, Stepping Stones, Limbcare, Henry Tyndale Community Special School and Veterans in Action.

William Withers said. 'This was a memorable and rewarding experience, with local and national charities coming together displaying such enthusiasm and in the process, making new friends. As Freemasons we believe in supporting our local communities in their functional activities and this event provided even more motivation for us to keep raising funds for such worthy causes.'

After the formal presentations had concluded, the attendees were invited to a buffet reception in the centre’s dining hall, where everyone had the opportunity to socialise and discuss many of the evening’s topics and recipients of the donations.

Lodge No Lodge Name Charity
515 Zetland Farnham Assist, Stepping Stones
723 Panmure Phyllis Tuckwell, Limb Care, Step by Step
1331 Aldershot Camp The Salvation Army, Hampshire Air Ambulance, Fleet Army Cadet Force
2475 Border Stepping Stones, Messy Arts
2755 Waller Rodwell Wright Asthma  UK
4187 Palma Virtuti Veterans Charity, Hampshire Air Ambulance
4919 Earl of Malmesbury Stepping Stones
8385 Anniversary Beavers Church Crookham
1971 Aldershot Army & Navy SAAFA, Parity
2203 Farnborough North camp Alzheimer's Café
4178 Aldershot Royal Engineers Veterans in Action
4581 Mercury Phyllis Tuckwell, Lifelites, Dogs for Good
5073 Fugelmere Cancer Relief UK, Diabetes UK
6314 Ferneberga Boots on the Ground, Alzheimer's Café
6664 Semper Fidelis Phyllis Tuckwell
7154 Loyalty Step by Step
7786 More Majorum Ehlers-Danlos Support UK
7927 Lodge of Hospitality Phyllis Tuckwell
8463 Rose of Hampshire Prostate Cancer
8859 Mid Wessex Installed Masters TBC
9107 Yateley Lodge Tommy's Charity
9289 Alder Tree Brain Tumour Charity
9336 United Progress Henry Tyndale School
9393 Pegasus Airborne Security Forces
9395 Ashburn St John Wessex Cancer Trust
9732 Chevalier de Fer TBC
9399 HIOWMCL Lifelites

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