Middlesex Freemasons beat all Festival records to raise over £4.5 million and support children

Saturday, 04 July 2020

Middlesex Freemasons set a record for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls & Boys (RMTGB) with their 2020 Festival, according to Les Hutchinson, Chief Operating Officer of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the Freemasons’ Charity, and the last secretary for the RMTGB

During their 2020 Festival, they contributed the fantastic sum of £1,001 per Capita, that being the highest ‘per capita’ amount on record, raised for the RMTGB and the second highest on record for any Festival.

In total the Festival raised the superb amount of £4.519 million for the RMTGB. In expressing his thanks Peter Baker, Pro Provincial Grand Master of Middlesex, highlighted that the RMTGB charity supports around 10,000 children who have no connection to Freemasonry but are educationally disadvantaged. This is an addition to children who during the past five years have been supported to the tune of over £500,000.

The aim of the RMTGB is to ensure that poverty does not impact on a child’s welfare and education. An additional Festival benefit, the Middlesex Province Relief Fund made available £200 or more for each Honorific achieved by a Lodge/Chapter.

Lodge of Fidelity, No. 7974 visited The Otakar Kraus Music Trust in Twickenham to present a £200 cheque. The Trust helps those with physical, psychological, learning or behavioural difficulties from the Borough and surrounding areas through the medium of music therapy.

The Festival also brought out the best in members in many other ways with an amazing range of activities, some serious, some fun, all designed to support the fund raising efforts. The arduous included two brethren alternating running and cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End and a mountain climb up Kilimanjaro.

Also noteworthy was a member who echoed the Tyler’s Toast 'On the land, Sea or in the Air'. He ran 10k on the land, canoed 10 miles on the Grand Union canal and traversed a Zip wire for the Air, the more remarkable because he is blind. Elsewhere members and their families cycled, ran, danced canoed and sang, but mostly, put their hands in their pockets time and time again to contribute.

Separately, HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO thanked the Freemasons of Middlesex for their support on behalf of thousands of disadvantaged children who would benefit from this Charity and highlighted the Festival motto: 'A man never stands so tall as when he kneels to help a child.'

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