The Masonic principle of relief was reflected in the establishment of a Committee of Charity by the United Grand Lodge of England in the early 18th Century. The Committee helped to relieve the suffering of Freemasons and the dependants of deceased Freemasons with grants of up to five Guineas each. Freemasons also gave generously to many community-based charities as they still do today. During the years that followed, other charities including schools, a hospital and an ‘Asylum for Aged and Decayed Freemason’ were established.
Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. Most of the support provided by the Masonic Charitable Foundation takes the form of financial grants to individuals and families to assist with daily living costs. We can also award grants to provide specific items or services. A range of health and care needs, including medical and dental treatments, counselling and mobility aids or home adaptations are supported, with funding also available for respite, residential, nursing and dementia care.
Our professional Advice and Support team offers confidential and practical guidance about the support available from the Masonic Charitable Foundation and many other organisations.
In addition to the support we provide to Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people.
We also help to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contribute to worldwide appeals for disaster relief. In total, our support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally.
In 2019/20 freemasons in England and Wales gave a total in excess of £36 million to good causes.
It is entirely up to the individual member what he gives to Charity but it should always be without detriment to his other responsibilities. All monies raised for charity are drawn from amongst Freemasons, their families and friends with donations being given to both Masonic and non-Masonic charities. The charitable activities are funded partly from lodge subsciptions to both Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge, as well as national and provincial charity events. supplemented, at lodge level, through internal fundraising. The personal generosity of Freemasons and the collective fund raising efforts of almost 8000 lodges however, will continue to determine the contribution Freemasonry makes with the community.
Recently the Province of North Wales made a grant of twenty thousand pounds towards local Defibrillators plus training for the North Wales area. One of which will be installed at the Penley Village hall. The current location of Kenyon Lodge.
Among the many masonic charitable groups and associations are the ‘Widows Sons’. A groups of Biking enthusiasts who spend a great deal of time raising funds for various charities. One notable activity is the provision of ‘Blood Bikes’ which ferry urgently needed blood tovarious locations throughout the country. They also give regular lectures on their various activies, collecting funds from the many lodges in the North Wales Province and elsewhere. This is just one of the thousands of groups and indiviuals selflessly giving their time and energy for the benefit of other less fortuneate.