During June and July 2017, the Masonic Charity Foundation held a public vote to decide on the recipients of money donated by Freemasons. to local charities to celebrate the Tercentenary of Grand Lodge.
MCF Community Award Results
The eight charities nominated in Surrey received a fantastic amount of support from their local communities and we are pleased to announce the following results
White Lodge Centre
Congratulations to White Lodge Centre who received the most votes in Surrey and have secured a grant of £25,000!
Founded 55 years ago, White Lodge Centre today supports over 2,500 disabled children and adults, their families and carers throughout Surrey. They specialise in helping physically disabled children and adults with cerebral palsy (permanent damage to the undeveloped brain), acquired brain injury, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, who may be unable to talk/communicate, be blind, deaf, permanently confined to a wheelchair. They also care for children and teenagers who are severely autistic – who constantly find the world frightening and baffling, unable to make sense of what is happening around them.
Yorda Adventures is a not-for-profit community organisation who pride themselves on providing engaging and stimulating play projects for children and young people with severe learning disabilities. Their services not only give children with amazing new experiences, but they also enable the families of our children to have some much-needed respite from the round-the-clock care they usually have to offer. They work with families in and around the borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, from their base in Chessington, and they now support around 100 families each year. Yorda Adventures has been awarded a grant of £15,000.
The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders
The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders provides unique facilities to help disabled children and adults by having regular contact with horses – either through riding or driving. They have about 340 riders per week, all with a disability. Ages range from 4 to 60 years old and each week they enjoy half an hour or so with the assistance of their instructors and helpers. An experience which takes them out of their restricted daily lives – and puts smiles on their faces! For most of their riders, it is the only sport they can take part in and experience some form of independence and sense of achievement. The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders has been awarded a grant of £15,000.
The Grange is a forward thinking, dynamic charity based in Bookham, Surrey supporting over 100 adults with disabilities by providing registered housing, supported living and a varied programme of training activities in areas such as IT, Horticulture, Woodwork, Catering and Creative Arts and Textiles. They also have a Social Enterprise group called ‘Grange Creations’ which, along with other projects, makes and sells fudge to the public. The Grange has been awarded a grant of £6,000.
Meath Epilepsy Charity
The Meath Epilepsy Charity, this year celebrated their 125th anniversary. They offer housing and a wide network of support services empowering and enabling people living with complex epilepsy and associated disabilities. The Meath’s main site is situated at the heart of Godalming. Their professional and dedicated staff team cares for and supports eighty people, as well as others living more independently through our Meath Home Support service. They also run a successful Skills and Enterprise Centre, enabling people to pursue their own choice of academic and everyday skills training, as well as a variety of arts, leisure and sports activities. Meath Epilepsy Charity has been awarded a grant of £6,000.
MERU Medical Engineering Resource Unit
MERU is a charity which creates engineering solutions for children with disabilities. They make Bugzi; a specialist powered wheelchair for very young children with cerebral palsy and other complex conditions. The green “bug” shell allows young children, who usually haven’t been able to move independently before, to explore the world safely. They also make a range of disability equipment, including pioneering grips to hold an iPad which can be used as a communication device or simple additions to a school chair which can help a child with mobility problems use them alongside their classmates. When a family can’t find the right piece of equipment anywhere else, their engineers can design and build something from scratch, tailored to the needs of the child. MERU Medical Engineering Resource Unit has been awarded a grant of £4,000.
Phab supports children, young people and adults with disabilities, enabling members to enjoy local Phab clubs, holiday projects and holiday homes, and opportunities for fun and personal development. There are 170 local Phab Clubs across England and Wales where 8,000 members, both with and without disabilities, enjoy regular social activities and the opportunity for families and members to support each other and have great fun together. Phab also provides exciting and challenging holiday projects each year for disabled or disadvantaged children and young people age 8 to 25, held at fully accessible outdoor activity centres in the New Forest and Lake District, all supported by Phab’s wonderful volunteers and carers. The children, many away from home for the first time, will reach the treetops, paddle a canoe, fly on the zip-wire and go caving – things they would never have thought possible before and all building their confidence, self-esteem, skills and independence. Celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year and, with its Head Office in Croydon, five clubs across Surrey with over 420 members, and local children benefiting from holiday projects Phab has been awarded a grant of £4,000.
The Fircroft Trust
The Fircroft Trust provides centre-based support to adults who have severe to moderate mental health problems and/or learning disabilities. Their residential services offer supported living for adults with learning disabilities and 24-hour residential care for adults with complex needs. The Fircroft Trust has been awarded a grant of £4,000.
We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the MCF Community Awards. Nearly 180,000 people cast their votes to support a cause that matters to them, and to support their local communities.