The distinguishing characteristic of a Somerset Freemason’s Heart is of course charity, and charitable donations by Somerset Freemasons over the past few years is now well above £6 million
Throughout 2020, and especially during the Covid emergency, Somerset Freemasons have been digging deeper than ever. As well as donating nearly £85,000 to support local & National COVID-19 responses, they have raised £2.776 million in support of their 2020 festival in aid of The Freemasons Grand Charity. This equates to £791 per member, which is over £70 higher than the historic average across the country of £720 per head. Fund raising events for the Festival included a fire walk and a wing walk!
More than £110,000 has been donated across the Province to over 120 charities, ranging from charities such as The Royal British Legion, to assistance for military veterans, Motor Neurone Disease research, community ‘Dial-a-Ride’, local village halls and schools. Since 2006, 2,922 donations have been made to 787 charities and good causes, totalling £1,443,104.
In direct support of the Pandemic, members donated over £60,000 to foodbanks and utilised Masonic Hall catering resources to prepare and deliver meals. They supplied tablet PC’s to local hospitals, ipads to local care homes, materials to manufacture PPE and assistance to a local Women’s refuge to name but a few.
W Bro Graham Puddy, the incoming Provincial Grand Charity Steward, told Freemasonry Today: 'The generosity of Freemasons in Somerset is an immense source of pride for us all. In addition there has been a significant amount of time spent in our local communities providing practical support.'
Story by Charlie Barker
Assistant Provincial Grand Charity Steward