Charity News

Broomwood Charity – November 2019

Relief Chest
I have not yet received the online log-in details for our relief chest scheme. I am, therefore, unable to report on the current balance of our fund. As my predecessor reminded us, this is a fund that we should not hang on to but should use it to support good causes that are important to us as members of Broomwood Lodge. I would be delighted to hear from any brother with a suggestion of who we could help with this money.

Metropolitan Masonic Charity

The MMC has made many grants over the years to London based charities. In 2018/9 it has supported wide and diverse appeals such as the £3,000 donated to the London Wheelchair Rugby Club. This helped towards the purchase of bespoke wheelchairs, training and
equipment they needed in order to compete in future tournaments and competitions. Also the £3500 to the Masonic Fishing charity used to provide a day out in the countryside for those less fortunate than ourselves. There are too many good causes in London being supported by the MMC to list here. These are just a couple of examples. Funds are still required for further donations to other London based charities.

The Metropolitan Teddies for Loving Care Appeal is now well underway. The simple objective is to provide Teddy Bears and soft toys to Accident & Emergency units across London for hospital staff to give, at their discretion, to children who are admitted and who are in severe distress. Perhaps we could donate some of our relief chest fund to this appeal?



The MCF has been getting behind many good causes and supporting people who have a very “real” need. A grant £77827 has been made to support lonely and isolated and older people in Holborn, Covent Garden & Bloomsbury and to help them back into community life. Wider afield, following Hurricane Dorian which hit the Bahamas in August, The MCF has committed £20,000 towards the relief effort. This is to provide humanitarian assistance to the many people left without shelter with a special focus on water, sanitation and hygiene. Another grant of £20,000 has been made to assist some of the 7 ½ million people affected by the devastating floods in Bangladesh. It is estimated that some 600,000 houses have been
damaged or destroyed along with vital infrastructure and crops being lost. This grant will help people in the hardest hit Kurigram district by providing blankets, mosquito nets, water buckets and personal hygiene products. The London Fire Brigade Appeal continues. £1,250,000 of the pledged £2.5Million has been
donated to fund the two extended height aerial vehicles.

Another £4,000 has recently been donated to the London Air Ambulance. Nationally, 20 regional air ambulances will be supported during 2019 with grants of £180,000 from the MCF. Masonic charities continue to support the Lifelites children’s charity. Lifelites provides specialist entertainment, educational and assistive technology packages to over 10,000 children and young people with life limiting, life threatening and disabling conditions who
are in children’s hospices.

“For Freemasons, for families, for everyone”

The Masonic Charitable Foundation builds better lives by enabling opportunity, advancing healthcare and education and promoting independence for Freemasons, their families and the wider community.

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.

A wide range of help and support is available for Freemasons, their wives, partners, widows, children and grandchildren. Most of the support provided takes the form of financial grants to assist with financial, health or family related needs.

For further information about the help and support available from the Foundation, please call their dedicated freephone enquiry line: 0800 035 60 90 or email

You can also write to Masonic Charitable Foundation, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ

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