Freemasons Grant More Than £100,000 To Six Yorkshire Charities
Six charities from across Yorkshire have received grants totalling £109,200 from Yorkshire Freemasons, at their annual Provincial Grand Lodge meeting held this week in Harrogate.
The event, which took place in the spa town’s Royal Hall and was followed by a dinner in the Majestic Hotel, was attended by more than 1,200 members from lodges across North, South, East and West Yorkshire.
To mark The United Grand Lodge of England’s (UGLE) tercentenary, and the Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s bicentenary, the total being given to charities with the Province has been raised from £200,000 to £300,000.
Demand Design and Manufacture for Disability, a Holmfirth-based company has been given £10,000 to buy a CNC Mill and a 3D printer, which will aid the production of equipment for disabled schools, charities and individuals.
Mencap in Kirklees, which provides support and services to enable people with learning difficulties to lead a full life, received £26,000 to buy a 14-seater Peugeot Box Bus with a tail lift to replace an unreliable bus.
Harrogate District Hospital’s Byland Ward has been granted £25,000 to convert and fit out an existing room into a family support room, to provide comfort and enable relatives to be near loved ones as they approach the end of life.
Leeds-based Wharfedale Scout Sailing Centre will now be purchasing a new sailing dinghy, two second hand dinghies, a road trailer and two electric showers with their grant of £12,000.
The Welcome Centre, Huddersfield, a charity offering front-line support to families and individuals in crisis in Kirklees, has received a grant of £11,000 to upgrade IT and telephone equipment and buy a commercial dishwasher.
Huddersfield-based Kirkwood Hospice is the recipient of a £25,200 grant to purchase six electric profiling beds to help nursing staff turn patients that have severely reduced mobility.
Provincial Grandmaster for the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, David S Pratt, said: “It is with tremendous pleasure that we have been able to present these six wonderful charities and organisations with significant grants at our annual meeting.
“All recipients have been nominated by lodges wanting to aid their local communities, with all funds being raised by members themselves.
“We hope that these grants allow the continuation and the enhancement of the wonderful work being done these organisations.”
Rt W Bro Pratt added: “This is a significant year for Freemasons, nationally and regionally. Over the coming months celebrations will be held all over the Province to mark The United Grand Lodge of England’s tercentenary, and our own bicentenary.
“I’m delighted to say that Freemasonry is still very strong in this region, with more than 6,000 members and 200 lodges located in cities, towns and villages throughout the region.
“For the last two centuries we have been very proud of the part that we, as Freemasons, have played in the communities where we live and work, and we will continue do this for many years to come.”