Freemasonry has an enviable record of providing regular and consistent financial support to individual charities over long periods, while at the same time making thousands of grants to local charities and projects throughout England and Wales each year.

Contrary to popular belief, one does not have to be a Freemason to benefit from Masonic charity. Freemasonry is second only to the National Lottery in the level of money donated to charitable causes in the UK.



The Masonic Fishing Charity

The MTSFC is a registered charity set up in 1999 and its sole purpose is to bring a countryside and fishing experience to disabled and disadvantaged people, particularly children.

In Sussex fishing events are run, both coarse and fly, at various venues and inviting participants from special needs schools and centres and people who have suffered trauma.



Teddies for Loving Care

In 2005, Teddies For Loving Care a scheme was started by Sussex Freemasons to supply Teddy Bears to the Accident and Emergency Units within major Sussex hospitals, and has recently been extended to include several Minor Injury Units in our local hospitals.

The Teddies are for hospital staff to, at their discretion, give to children to alleviate their distress whilst awaiting treatment. They are also used on occasions for staff to demonstrate to the children the treatment they are to receive. The Teddies are for the children to keep and take home



Masonic Charitable Foundation

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. 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.

In addition to the support they 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.

 

They also help to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contribute to worldwide appeals for disaster relief. In summary, their support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year.



Air Ambulances

A total of 22 Air ambulance and rescue services across England and Wales have recently received grants totaling £192,000.

Since funding for these services began in 2006, over £2.2 million has been donated. These life saving services rely entirely on charitable grants and donations and it is a cause close to the hearts of many Freemasons.

 

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