MCF Tercentenary Community Awards – LAST CHANCE TO VOTE TODAY! (31st July)

MCF TERCENTENARY COMMUNITY AWARDS 2017
Three Hundred Charities, Three Million Pounds, Three Hundred Years of Freemasonry.

CAST YOUR VOTE

To celebrate the Tercentenary of the first Grand Lodge, the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) has pledged to give £3m to 300 organisations nationwide, with the Province of Yorkshire West Riding – which incorporates West, South, and parts of North and East, Yorkshire – being earmarked to receive £79,000.

Eight charities nominated by the Province will receive grants, the size of grant being decided by a public vote. To ensure the charity of your choice has the best possible chance of receiving a large grant it is up to you to rally round your Brethren, Family, Friends, Work Colleagues, and in fact anyone you can get to cast a vote.

To cast your vote, and to find out more about the MCF, please visit the voting website at www.mcf.org.uk/region/yorkshire-west-riding/ and register.

Those from the region that have been selected for a grant are:

• Leeds based Learning Partnerships
• Selby District Peter Pan Nursery
• Vision Support Harrogate District
• Paperworks (Harrogate) Limited
• Halifax based Skillshop Limited
• Motive8 Bradford Ltd
• Aurora Wellbeing Centre in Mexborough
• Autism Plus in Sheffield and Thorne.

The regional charity that receives the most votes will be awarded £25k, whilst two will receive £15k each, two £6k each and three £4k each.

More information about the nominated charities can be found at the voting website.


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Special Olympics Initiative Gets Disabled Leeds Children Active, Thanks To £60,000 Masonic Donation

Disabled children from across Leeds attended a special sporting event in the city on today, (Wednesday) thanks to funding from the Freemasons.

The grant of £60,000 has helped to expand a Special Olympics initiative, which gives people across the Yorkshire region with profound learning difficulties the chance to participate in sporting activities.

There was special emphasis on expanding the Special Olympics Motor Training Programme (MATP), funding additional resources and training so it could reach several thousand people rather than just a few hundred.

The grant from the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding came through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which was funded by Freemasons and their families from across England and Wales.

The 12-week courses are directed at adults and children who were unable to participate in regular Special Olympics sessions as their disabilities are so complex.

And, today, the final MATP Leeds challenge event of the year saw the athletes demonstrating the motor skills they had learned over the last three months.

Angela Lydon, Special Olympics MATP programme co-leader at Farnley Academy Partnership, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the Freemasons for the wonderful donation, which has helped to expand our Motor Training Programme.”

David S Pratt, the Provincial Grand Master of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “This has been a momentous year for Freemasons nationally as we celebrate the 300th anniversary of the first grand lodge of England, and, in West Yorkshire, we mark our bicentenary.

“We were delighted to be able to help the Special Olympics with this excellent programme. The Special Olympics is special in more ways than one and we are proud to be associated with the outstanding organisation.

“The event at Farnley Academy Partnership was a great opportunity to showcase the Motor Training Programme and the benefits it has brought to disabled children and adults alike.”

Special Olympian! Special Olympics Athlete Oliver Court, from Churwell, Leeds, is pictured with his mother, Rachel, and Anthony Llewellyn, The Assistant Provincial Grandmaster of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding.


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Eight Yorkshire Charities In Line For Share Of £3M, 300 Grants, Giveaway!

Eight Yorkshire charities are to be the financial winners when Freemasons nationally celebrate the fraternity’s 300th anniversary.

To celebrate the Tercentenary of the first Grand Lodge, the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) has pledged to give £3m to 300 organisations nationwide, with the Province of Yorkshire West Riding – which incorporates West, South, and parts of North and East, Yorkshire – being earmarked to receive £79,000.

And, for the first time in the MCF’s history, the size of the grant given to the shortlisted eight will be determined by a public vote, with the winners being announced in the summer.

Those from the region that have been selected for a grant are:

• Leeds based Learning Partnerships
• Selby District Peter Pan Nursery
• Vision Support Harrogate District
• Paperworks (Harrogate) Limited
• Halifax based Skillshop Limited
• Motive8 Bradford Ltd
• Aurora Wellbeing Centre in Mexborough
• Autism Plus in Sheffield and Thorne.

The regional charity that receives the most votes will be awarded £25k, whilst two will receive £15k each, two £6k each and three £4k each.

Rt W Bro David S Pratt, Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “Charitable giving has been at the very heart of Freemasonry since the formation of the first Grand Lodge of England 300 years ago.

“As one of the many ways in which we are marking this significant milestone, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is making £3m available to 300 charities.

“I’m delighted to say that eight charities from within our Province will benefit financially from this fantastic community awards initiative.

“Through these grants we hope we will achieve our core charitable aims of relieving sickness and poverty, advancing education and supporting the most disadvantaged within our communities.”

He added: “This year, our own Province is also marking its bicentenary, and we are increasing the annual amount we award to charities via the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund from £200,000 to £300,000.

“Again, this will benefit a huge number of organisations doing wonderful work across our Province.”

To vote for a charity, and to find out more about the MCF, members of the public are asked to visit https://mcf.org.uk/region/yorkshire-west-riding/ and register.

The voting process opens today (Monday, June 12) and closes on Monday, July 31.


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Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Huddersfield’s Peter Sunderland, Chairman of Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA), reiterates his grateful thanks to Yorkshire Freemasons for their “amazing and continuing support” for the charity.

It costs YAA £12,000 a day to keep their two helicopters operational. Peter commented on how valuable and appreciated the support of the Masonic Grand Charity (MCF), West Riding Masonic Charities Limited (WRMCL), and individual Lodge contributions over a sustained period of time is.

WRMCL director, Colin Dent, and APGM, John Gledhill, enjoyed a conducted tour of the support unit base at Nostell Priory. They gained an insight into the controls of the new £6m Airbus 145, and state-of-the-art medical kit from on-duty pilots, doctor and paramedics.

Director of fund-raising, Paul Gowland, confirms that a YAA representative will gladly attend Lodge meetings or social functions to explain the work of this rapid-response and life-saving charity. White Rose of York Lodge are to host such an event for members, family and friends at Tapton Masonic Hall on 7 July 2017.

Colin and John with YAA personnel and the helicopter at Nostell


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Provincial Grand Lodge – 2nd May 2017

For those of you who attended the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting in Harrogate on Tuesday, and of course for those of you who couldn’t make it, you can read the Provincial Grand Master’s address and the Masonic Charitable Foundation report to PGL at the links below:

Provincial Grand Masters Address to Provincial Grand Lodge, 2nd May 2017

Masonic Charitable Foundation Report to PGL May 2017


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Masonic Charitable Foundation – Lifelites

One of our most important principles is that of charitable giving. Freemasons make a major contribution to society through their own charities, as well as through donations to UK charities and worldwide disaster relief funds.

We do not undertake any external fundraising. All money donated comes from our own efforts.

Through the Masonic Charitable Foundation and its predecessor charities, Freemasons have given around £130 million to charities across England, Wales and overseas in recent years, in addition to supporting thousands of members and their families in need.

One Masonic initiative was Lifelites, a charity which provides technology packages for every baby and children’s hospice in the British Isles. Even though the charity is now well-established, the MCF still helps by providing office premises and administrative services.

For more information about Lifelites, from Dame Esther Rantzen who is a patron, feel free to view the video linked from the MCF Lifelites page: MCF – Lifelites


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Hospice Certificate Presentations in Area 5

Area5 PCAs present the annual MCF Certificates confirming their annual payment to the local Hospices in our area.

PCA John Bailey presents a certificate confirming the payment of £5,580 to St Gemma’s Leeds.

PCA Denis Morrissey-Newton presents The Prince of Wales Hospice with their certificate for £2,361.

Area5 Charity Committee Chairman David Gray presents The Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice with their cheque and certificate for £3,576.

Staff at all the hospices expressed their thanks and appreciation to the MCF and the Freemasons of Yorkshire.


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Masonic Charitable Foundation – For Freemasons, for families, for everyone

The Masonic Charitable Foundation builds better lives by enabling opportunity, advancing healthcare and education and promoting independence for Freemasons, their families and the wider community.

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.

How the Foundation helps Masonic families

A wide range of help and support is available for Freemasons, their wives, partners, widows, children and grandchildren. Most of the support provided takes the form of financial grants to assist with financial, health or family related needs.

Financial

  • Daily living costs
  • Grants following an accident, redundancy or personal crisis
  • Funeral bills
  • Minor home repairs

Health

  • Medical treatment
  • Dental treatment
  • Mobility aids and home adaptations
  • Counselling

Family – Children in full-time education

  • Costs for education or training
  • Scholarships, travel grants and student accommodation
  • Supporting exceptional talent in sport, music or the performing arts

Family – Care

  • Masonic care homes – including nursing, residential and dementia care
  • Respite care
  • UK holidays

Practical assistance

The Foundation’s Advice & Support Team offer confidential, impartial and practical guidance about the help we can provide. The Team can also help with applications for state and local authority benefits and can put you in touch with other organisations who can give advice on care, employment and education.

How to apply

For further information about the help and support available from the Foundation, please call their dedicated freephone enquiry line: 0800 035 60 90 or email help@mcf.org.uk.  You can also write to Masonic Charitable Foundation, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ

For more information about the Foundation’s grants and the application process, please visit: www.mcf.org.uk

How the Foundation helps communities

In addition to the support provided to Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation looks beyond Freemasonry, making significant financial grants to charities that help people to live happy, fulfilled lives and to participate actively in society.

The charities supported make a significant and lasting difference to people in need.  We aim to benefit as many people as possible and further those causes about which Freemasons and their families have told us they are most passionate.

To find out more about the Foundation’s Community Support and Research grants, please visit: www.mcf.org.uk/community

Keep up to date with the Foundation’s work

Website:          www.mcf.org.uk

Twitter:            @Masonic_Charity

Facebook:       @themcf

YouTube:        Masonic Charitable Foundation


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