Windfall For Yorkshire Charities As Freemasons Celebrate 300th Anniversary
Charities from across the region are set to benefit from a £300,000 fund raised by Yorkshire Freemasons.
Each year, the Masonic Province of Yorkshire West Riding, presents cash grants totalling £200,000 to good causes seeking financial support with large-scale projects.
However, as Freemasons nationally celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the first United Grand Lodge – and the Province of Yorkshire West Riding marks its bicentenary – this figure is being increased by £100,000!
Those to benefit last year from major grants over £5,000 included:
• Castle Hill School in Huddersfield, which caters for the needs of children and young adults with severe or profound learning difficulties, was presented with £40,000 towards a Sensory Pod. This is a bespoke mobile room that will enable pupils to enjoy a multi-sensory experience
• White Knights Voluntary Service – which works in North, West and South Yorkshire, transporting blood to the NHS, care homes, and hospices – was awarded a £20,000 grant to buy a new motor cycle to increase its service
• Electronic Village in Dewsbury- a charity providing computer education and training for disabled and disadvantaged people – which was awarded £20,000 to purchase one server and 35 workstations and chairs.
• Sheffield-based Support Dogs were given £14,000 to purchase a new vehicle
The Provincial Grandmaster of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, Rt W Bro David S Pratt, said: “2017 is a monumental year for Freemasonry, nationally and regionally, and are marking two significant milestones in style.
“I’m delighted that this year we are not giving out £200,000 in grants, but £300,000. This will make a massive difference to the organisations on the receiving end.
“The recipients for major grants, who will not be chosen until March, will have all been nominated by lodges keen to help the local communities in which their members live and work.
“Charity is one of the key fundamentals of Freemasonry and it has been at the heart of our organisation from the very beginning. It is as relevant now as it was all those years ago, and will continue to be so for the next 300 years.”
This year’s major grants will be presented at the fraternity’s annual meeting being held in Harrogate’s Royal Hall on Tuesday, May 2.
Charities requiring further information should write to the Charity Steward of their local lodge or contact the Provincial Office, on 0113 278 2451.
A full list of lodges, and where they meet, can be found at http://wrprovince.net/the-mission-of-freemasonry/craft-lodges/list-of-lodges/