A message from Lifelites:
“As we come to the end of our financial year and reflect on the past few months, we want to say thank you to all the Freemasons who have supported us throughout the year, and thank you for always being there for Lifelites and the children we support. Without your help, we couldn’t create wonderful smiles like Loki’s. We hope we can continue to count on this wonderful support over the coming months. We’d be very grateful if you could share this message with your Province; we want everyone to know how much we value their support.”
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WBro. Stephen Brown and WBro. Douglas Mills attended the Harrogate and District Sea Cadets Annual Awards at the Cedar Court Hotel where the Mayor of Harrogate, Cllr Anne Jones, presented awards including several for band members.
The PGM’s Fund had approved an application from The Spa Lodge for a grant of £1000 to replace ageing band equipment. The purchase of this new equipment including cymbals, bell lyre and bugle mouthpieces, enhances the cadet’s experience by way of having modern up to date equipment. The old equipment will be used by new members whilst they are learning.
Sub Lieutenant (SCC) Dan Wilding RNR said that “he foresaw a secondary benefit in that they would now be able to market the band in a more professional manner and thus increase their participation in the local community and even offered to play at a Lodge event.”
Harrogate District Hospital’s Nidderdale Ward has been given £7,148 to purchase new reclining bedside chairs, thanks to local Freemasons and Zumba enthusiasts.
Harlow Lodge nominated the ward as the beneficiary of its fundraising activities in memory of the late Irene Simister, the mother of two of its members, who spent the last month of her life being cared for by staff before her death.
An observation the pair made during the hours they spent at her bedside was the comfort of the chairs, so they set about raising funds to replace worn out and broken pieces of furniture.
Additionally, another lodge member, Fernando Sarmento De Alencar, organised a sponsored Zumbathon at Harrogate High School in aid of the appeal, which raised £4,100.
Harlow Lodge, one of five craft lodges that meet in Harrogate’s Masonic Hall, raised £1,148 which was further enhanced by a £1,900 donation courtesy of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s Provincial Grand Master’s Fund.
Andrew Simister, Master of Harlow Lodge and Irene Simister’s eldest son, said: “I would like to pay tribute to everyone who has contributed towards this fund-raising initiative for Nidderdale Ward. I can’t thank them enough.
“Whilst the care of patients is quite rightly the hospital’s number one priority, the comfort of visitors is also an important concern, in particular those spending lengthy hours with loved ones nearing the end of their lives.
“The £7,148 raised will certainly be able to fund the replacement of a good number of chairs for the ward’s side rooms.”
David Fisher, Community and Events Fundraiser at Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity, said: “On behalf of Harrogate District Hospital and in particular Nidderdale Ward, I would like to say a huge thank you for the incredible support of the Simister family and their friends who have worked so hard to raise funds to make improvements to the comfort on the ward.
“Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity raises money to help make a difference to the care end experiences of local patients and their families, going above and beyond that which the NHS can provide.
“The staff are extremely grateful for the generous financial support, and in recognition of this, a plaque in memory of Mrs Simister will be placed within the ward.”
Bradford-based High Park school – an all range specialist school for pupils with communication and interaction difficulties – has been given a £3,500 financial boost from the Freemasons.
The grant, which will be used to help purchase sensory equipment in its multi-sensory experience “cube room”, has come from the Provincial Grand Master’s (PGM) Fund, which are presented on a quarterly basis, with each recipient being nominated by individual Masonic Lodges across the region.
The school, located at Thorn Lane, Heaton, was one of 24 organisations to receive grants totalling £35,630 from the latest round of funds.
It was nominated by the members of Victoria Lodge, which meets at the Midland Hotel in Bradford.
Each year, the Province of Yorkshire West Riding presents grants adding up to £200,000, but, to mark the tercentenary of the United Grand Lodge of England and the Province’s bicentenary, this figure rose to £300,000.
Ann Andrew, Principal of High Park School, said: “This is fantastic news for our children and we are truly grateful that the Freemasons are kindly donating this grant.
“As a specialist school for children with autism, we are driven to provide deep and active learning that is meaningful and age appropriate.
“Children attend from all areas of Bradford and beyond. Recently, the school was awarded Autism Accreditation, the first and only school in Bradford to have the award recognising the bespoke provision which is essential for our children’s development and well-being.
“When John Watson, Charity Steward for Victoria Lodge, visited school, he really understood the needs of our children and the need to provide a personalised approach.
“The school requested funding to help pay for essential equipment in the Cube Room so children could enjoy bespoke multi-sensory experiences in a safe and supported way.
“We rely on the generosity of organisations such as the Freemasons to continue to improve our facilities for the specialist needs for our pupils.”
On behalf of the Masonic Charitable Foundation W Bro. John Bailey presented Sophie Bramley of St Gemma’s Hospice with a Certificate confirming they had received £4,080 and W Bro. David Gray presented Michelle Darbyshire with Wheatfields Hospice’ certificate confirming they had received £2,620. These are just two of 245 grants to hospices around the country from Freemasons. In total £600,000 will be donated to hospices all over England and Wales this year.
Dozens of Yorkshire organisations have received some end of year good news, courtesy of the Freemasons.
The Province of Yorkshire West Riding – which encompasses the geographical area of South and West Yorkshire, and parts of North and East Yorkshire – has given grants totalling £35,630 to 24 societies, charities, organisations and clubs.
The grants, ranging from £360 to £4,100, have come from the Provincial Grand Master’s (PGM) Fund, which are presented on a quarterly basis, with each recipient being nominated by individual Masonic Lodges across the region.
Each year, the PGM’s Fund presents grants totalling £200,000, but this year, to mark the tercentenary of the United Grand Lodge of England and the bicentenary of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, that figure rose to £300,000.
Those to benefit this quarter include:
• Henshaws, a charity supporting people with sigh loss and other disabilities, in Knaresborough, has been awarded £4,100 to purchase a new oven
• Disability Action Yorkshire, Harrogate, will benefit from £2,000 to help buy virtual reality equipment
• Music for the Deaf, based in Halifax, will receive £2,000 to buy laptops, musical composition software and instrument kits
• Trailblazers Allstars Cheerleading Academy, Rotherham, is being given £1,000 to purchase a 6m air floor and a booster board
David S Pratt, The Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding said: “Being able to give 24 organisations grants in excess of £35,000 is a fantastic way to end this celebratory year.
“As always, the money has been raised by lodge members, and once again their generosity is helping a huge number of community-based organisations.
“Charity is one of the three great principles that our order is founded on, and it is very much at the heart of what we do here, within our own Province.”
The full list of recipients can be found here.
Provincial Charity Committee
Newsletter December 2017
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On TUESDAY, 5th December, 2017, W. Bro. Alan Griffin (Chairman of Area 1 Provincial Charity Committee), accompanied by his Deputy Chairman, W. Bro. John Sharman attended at the Sue Ryder (Manorlands) Hospice at Haworth and also the Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford, where they presented cheques of £2,440.00 each as part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation Hospice Grants for 2017.
Please see the documents below for a list of the beneficiaries of the PGM’s Fund Grants for December 2017.
The lists are downloadable as an Excel file or a PDF.
THREE Huddersfield area hospices have received a funding boost from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
Representatives from Dalton’s Kirkwood Hospice, the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice at Bracken Hall, and Elland’s Overgate Hospice, met at Kirkwood to receive grants totalling over £5,000.
Kirkwood received £2,240, Overgate £1,580 and Forget Me Not £1541, calculated on the number of beds and community services each hospice provides. The three hospices must raise a combined total approaching £15m annually to maintain services and support for families.
Wasim Hussain, speaking for the three recipients, said:
“State funding provides only a small percentage of the money we need to maintain what is a vital service in the community. In this our 30th year at Kirkwood, we need to generate £7m annually. This is why every penny counts for each of us in donations large or small.”
Lynn Berry was particularly appreciative of the cheque for Overgate and explained that she had become a volunteer helper in recognition of the care her late husband, David, a Freemason, had received at the Elland hospice.
The Freemasons’ Charitable Foundation has provided a £600,000-plus hand-out for hospices this year throughout England and Wales and achieved a £12m milestone since its support began in 1984. This is in addition to monies given to local communities through West Riding Masonic Charities and earlier this year in Area Two Kirkwood received £25,000 for the purchase and installation of six profiling beds and Kirklees Mencap at Lindley took delivery of a new16-seater mini bus with the help of a £26,000 Masons’ grant.