To support Freemasonry’s charitable response to the Coronavirus pandemic, UGLE and the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), the Freemasons’ Charity, established the Freemasons’ Covid-19 Response Group.
The Freemasons’ Covid-19 Response Group has supported a range of local and national charities and projects during the last year that are helping people through the pandemic. We also launched a national UGLE Covid-19 Community Fund, with the MCF matching funding donations made to it, up to £1m.
This initial funding provided 1,000 PC tablets to hospitals and donations of 300,000 meals and 38 tonnes of food during the pandemic, as well as tens of thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) equipment. More than £165,000 was also donated by Freemasons to help protect women and children from domestic abuse, as well as more than £850,000 in donations across England and Wales last year to help protect the homeless during winter.
We’ve seen remarkable stories from across the country of how our members are coming together – from helping to raise vital funds for the NHS and delivering food to the community, through to purchasing ambulances and manufacturing vital PPE. Members were asked to support this with charity collections through a host of initiatives such as virtual pub nights and quizzes which they may be attending.
As a result, we were delighted to announce that £1m had been donated to the Freemasons’ Covid-19 Community Fund – which became £2m with the MCF’s matched funding. With the initial £1m allocated by the Covid-19 Response Group, the total donated to help local and national charities and projects throughout the pandemic is an astonishing £3m.
This response to Covid-19 shows the true face of Freemasonry and what we are really all about – and have been for more than 300 years