Hampshire and Isle of Wight Freemasons in the Royal Arch degree raised more than £60,000 for Prostate Cancer UK in a single year
The final amount of £60,375 was announced at the provincial meeting in June 2019 – but since then the total has risen to £63,770. Among the fundraising events was a charity walk leaving from Botley Masonic Centre and around River Hamble Country Park. Those involved raised just over £4,000.
Alan Berman, who heads the Royal Arch Freemasons in the Province, said: 'We decided to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK because we had raised money for every hospice in the Province and wanted another charity. We had hoped to raise £40,000, but the response was phenomenal. We didn’t have to twist any arms, the donations just came in as most men relate to it.
'Prostate cancer is something that one in eight men will get at some point in their lives and the charity is working hard to find a cure.'
Another hugely successful event that highlighted the fellowship of Freemasons was a thanksgiving service organised by Alan Berman at Portsmouth Synagogue.
It was attended by around 250 people and included the heads and representatives of other orders and those from many faiths. Readings were given by Alan Berman, David Gosney and Steven Allum.
Alan said: 'We had events at the synagogue in 2000 and 2008 and it was time for another one. It was wonderful to see those from all denominations there for the common purpose of thanksgiving.
'I was also able to present a 40 year certificate to George Deacon for his service in the Mark Degree.'