When Gordon Fielding, Charity Steward of Concord Lodge No. 1534 in East Lancashire, heard about the arson attack on Red Lane Primary School in Bolton, he approached the school to see if any help was needed
He learnt that, although much of the damage to the school property was covered by insurance, items such as nativity costumes, PE kit and take home bags, which had been purchased from funds raised by the children and parents, were not insured. The school was asked to prepare a list of what was needed which totalled around £4,600.
An application was made to the East Lancashire Masonic Charity Grants Committee who awarded a grant of £3,500 which was topped up with a donation of £500 from members of Concord Lodge. Red Lane Primary School is actually in the Bolton District but, as it is only some half a mile from Radcliffe Masonic Hall where Concord Lodge meets, it was decided that it was appropriate for Bury District to make the application.
Unfortunately, on the day that the cheques were to be presented Gordon was unable to attend due to illness but Chris Eccles, the Bury District Charity Steward, was delighted to attend and present the cheques. The presentation was made at a school assembly when Chris was able to explain to the children where the money had come from and what is was for.
The school's Executive Head Lisa Whittaker and Headteacher Rhian Driver both expressed their most sincere appreciation to Gordon Fielding for the initial approach and to the generosity of Freemasons who had made possible the replacement of the damaged equipment. As a result of the masonic donations, the school had been able to stage its annual nativity play, in front of parents and guests.
The Young People's Committee of the East Lancashire Masonic Charity (ELMC) have raised over £8,500 for a number of children's charities through a sponsored abseil challenge at Peel Tower in Bury
In total, 77 people completed the abseil challenge on 7th July 2018 including the Provincial Grand Master of East Lancashire and President of the ELMC Sir David Trippier.
It quickly grew into an event to showcase the support that the ELMC and the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) has given locally and nationally to children's charities. The MCF has recently donated to East Lancashire-based young persons' charities including Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme and Salford Foundation, which provides targeted intervention for young people.
Many of the participants chose to donate their sponsorship monies to the ELMC, which will be used to support its causes, including the Young People's Committee.
It is envisaged that the amount raised will be in excess of £10,000 through outstanding sponorshop money and gift aid.
An East Lancashire Masonic Charity (ELMC) grant of £4,650 is the first contribution to a million-pound appeal by East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust’s ELHT&ME charity
Launched at a breakfast reception, the appeal will focus on improvements that are above and beyond normal NHS provisions, such as specialised medical equipment. It also aims to enhance the patient environment at ELHT’s five hospitals.
The ELMC grant will provide static and mobile video conferencing technology and equipment that allows young people to access speedy support for mental health issues from medical professionals without the need to travel.
Over the past year, Manchester Freemasons have given £55,000 in donations to non-Masonic charitable organisations and on 3 May 2018 hosted a Giving Evening at Manchester Hall where cheques were presented to a number of exceptional organisations from Greater Manchester
The 109 attendees included Brethren, their guests and representatives from the good causes they have supported. The Provincial Grand Master of East Lancashire, Sir David Trippier, and The Lord Lieutenant for Greater Manchester, Warren Smith, were both in attendance.
Each of the organisations receiving donations had laid out a stand in the Goulburn Lodge Room and the evening began with the guests navigating their way around the room, learning about the amazing services they provide to the larger community, whilst enjoying the drinks reception and canapés.
The focus of the evening then turned to the Goulburn Dining Room, where the donations would be presented. As everyone made their way into the room, the Drum Corps of the Manchester Army Cadets demonstrated their new instruments that were bought for them earlier this year, with help from a grant from the East Lancashire Masonic Charity. This part of the evening was hosted by Stephen Thomson and Tony Stephenson, District Charity Stewards for the Manchester Districts.
The guests were formally welcomed by Chris Welton, Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Manchester Districts, and then Sir David Trippier spoke about the commitment Manchester masons have to supporting their local community and commended the achievements attained, often voluntarily, by the organisations they aim to help as Freemasons.
Warren Smith was then introduced to the podium and, describing Manchester masons as philanthropists, praised the valuable contribution they make to the community. A number of representatives from the organisations that received donations gave short talks on the difference the money they have received has made on the lives of people in their area.
The lodges and chapters were then invited to present their cheques to their beneficiaries and the following donations were made to:
- Friendship Lodge No. 44 presented to Blythe House Hospice
- Arkscroll Lodge No. 6594 and Ark Menorah Chapter No. 6594 presented to Bury Hospice
- Ashbury Lodge No. 1459 presented to Centrepoint
- Arkscroll Lodge No. 6594 and Ark Menorah Chapter No. 6594 presented to The Christie
- Felicity Lodge No. 4365 presented to Day Trippers
- Arkscroll Lodge No. 6594, Ark Menorah Chapter No. 6594 and Zion Menorah Lodge No. 1798 presented to The Federation of Jewish Services
- Ashbury Lodge No. 1459 presented to Mustard Tree
- Felicity Lodge No. 4365 presented to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
- Friendship Lodge No. 44 presented to St Anne’s Hospice
- Zion Menorah Lodge No. 1798 and Ark Menorah Chapter No. 6594 presented to The Nicky Alliance Centre
- Ark Menorah Chapter No. 6594 presented to Wood Street Mission
The evening was closed by Chris Welton, who declared it to have been a great success and commended the hard work and dedication displayed by Stephen Thomson and Tony Stephenson in delivering this momentous event.
The East Lancashire Masonic Charity has donated £50,000 to fund the Patient Information Zone in the new Diabetes Centre at the Manchester Hospitals Complex
The £50,000 donation will help make a difference to diabetes patients from across the North West of England. The donation, in support of Manchester Royal Infirmary Charity’s Diabetes Appeal, will help the hospital to relocate its Diabetes Centre into a more vibrant and spacious patient-friendly building and continue to be a leading centre for Diabetes care.
The Manchester Diabetes Centre is recognised around the world for its high-quality clinical care and cutting-edge, world leading research. It is one of the first dedicated diabetes centres in the UK, providing care to 4,000 patients across the North West each year.
The current Diabetes Centre is cramped and outdated, meaning the hospital’s medical professionals are unable to offer the breadth of treatment, research and care that they want to their patients.
The substantial donation will contribute towards the Charity’s Appeal to vastly improve the patients experience when being treated at the new Diabetes and Endocrinology Centre. Relocating to a larger facility will mean an increase of clinical capacity, reduction of waiting times and the ability to adapt the care to the diverse needs and lives of the hospital’s diabetic patients. This friendlier, less clinical environment, will also improve the quality of transition of care for young patients from child through to adult services, which is a major concern.
Maurice Watkins CBE, Chairman of Manchester Royal Infirmary Hospital Charity’s fundraising board, said: 'We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of the East Lancashire Freemasons. Our aim is to ensure that the Manchester Diabetes Centre continues to be a world-class facility, pioneering treatment and care for chronically ill patients in the North West and beyond. The Freemason’s support is invaluable in helping us to provide a brighter future for these patients and their families.'
The Appeal also plans to relocate the hospital’s Endocrinology Services to the new and purposely designed Diabetes facility. Currently, despite the close clinical connection of the two specialities, the hospital’s Endocrinology and Diabetes services are located in different areas of the hospital site. Housing the two linked services in one central location will ensure optimal patient care, clinical outcomes and patient experience.
Sir David Trippier, the Provincial Grand Master for East Lancashire, said: 'Freemasons are delighted to have provided vital financial support for the most worthy cause of Diabetes Care in the North West. Diabetes is an illness that has serious implications so we are keen to support this project which will ultimately benefit an immense number of people, from children to the elderly, for now and well into the future.'
The East Lancashire Masonic Charity (ELMC) has donated £25,000 to the Manchester Cathedral Chapter to assist in the funding of the choristers over the next five years
With support from East Lancashire Freemason, the Rev Richard Hawkins, an application was made which would enable the Chapter to continue contributing to the cost of choristers’ school fees at Chetham’s School of Music and support gifted children of less well off families in paying fees.
The donation will be split between choristers’ parents who are suffering hardship and unable to raise their element of the fees, and the Chapter’s annual contribution towards the fees of a child.
The President of the ELMC, and Provincial Grand Master of East Lancashire, Sir David Trippier was in attendance to speak to some of the choristers.
Provincial Grand Organist Chris Stokes and the Rev Richard Hawkins spoke to Sir David about how the money would be distributed and the effect it would have on supporting the Chapter over the coming years.
A fund set up by East Lancashire Freemasons in response to the Manchester attack has currently raised over £100,000
With generous donations from both Provinces and individuals across the country, it will go towards helping those affected by the shocking terrorist attack which took place at the Manchester Arena on Monday May 22nd.
The fund was opened by the Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lancashire’s charity, who commented: 'Freemasons in East Lancashire will have woken up on the morning of the May 23rd to hear the tragic news of the terrorist attack on Manchester, the city which has and always will be, the heart and historic home of our Province. There will be a desire in the coming days and weeks to want to do something to demonstrate our support and contribute in some way.
'With that in mind, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master Sir David Trippier has decided that our own East Lancashire Masonic Charity should be the focal point of any masonic giving, which in due course will then be directed to the most appropriate cause for those affected.'
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Last night at the Rochdale Proms
Lodge of Harmony, No. 298, in East Lancashire hosted a Last Night of the Proms-style concert in Rochdale and raised more than £1,500 for St Aidan’s Church, Wardle Academy Youth Brass Band and the East Lancashire Masonic Charity. The event, held at St Aidan’s, featured performances by the Wardle Academy band, soloist Freda Farnworth and the Rochdale Retirement Choir.