On Monday 16th January after visiting Christ Church Community Centre, St Michael’s Charity Shop and Harrogate Hospital Radio to present cheques, local Freemasons made their way to Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa where Mike Holmes Area 3 Charity Committee Chairman asked Doug Mills Provincial Charity Assistant to present a cheque for £3929 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation to Sarah Smith. In thanking Doug, Sarah also acknowledged that a further grant of £2000 had been received from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund to purchase nine ‘smart’ TVs. The Masons are always pleased to meet Sarah and her colleagues and a gain an insight into the fantastic work done in support of the families and their loved ones. It was also interesting to have outlined an Action Plan for Medical Research at the University of York with core funding of nearly £900K coming from Martin House over a five year period.


L to R Mike Holmes, Paul Clarke, Doug Mills, Sarah Smith, Bryan walker Bob Boyd, Jerry Anderson

Commenting on what had been an exceedingly satisfying day for all in distributing £8360, Doug Mills Area 3 Provincial Charity Assistant said how pleasing it was for Freemasons in The Province of Yorkshire, West Riding to support charities and local organisations. The last quarter to 31st December 2016 saw £29100 being handed out from the Provincial Grand Master’s (PGM) Fund to 26 groups including churches, educational establishments, hospices and those supporting both the young and the elderly. Fifteen hospices in Yorkshire had also received £45K from the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) as part of £600K granted throughout England and Wales.

Paul Clarke Area 3 Assistant Provincial Grand Master said that the day had marked a great start to the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) Tercentenary and the Province’s Bi-centenary celebrations. He went on to advise that charities in the Province could expect further support from Freemasons in 2017 to mark these milestones as the MCF had committed an additional £3M to be awarded in the form of 300 grants across the country. The Provincial Grand Master had also announced that £300K will be made available through the PGM Fund, details of which are on the Provincial website

Posted in Charity News on January 19th, 2017 by Kevin Gould

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