MCF Community Awards Results are In

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

Masonic Community Awards

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

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

 

Yorda Adventures

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

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

The Grange

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

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 – 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

Phab

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

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.

Thank You!

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.

300 charities, £3 million, 300 years of Freemasonry

Voting is now open in the MCF Community Awards. The Community Awards are offering the chance for local community charities to receive a share of £3 million generously donated by Freemasons and their families.

MCF Community Awards

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England, Freemasons have nominated 300 charities across England and Wales to receive a grant from the Foundation. Every charity that has been nominated has a chance of being awarded a grant of up to £25,000.

Depending on the size of each regional area; four, six or eight charities operating locally will have a chance to receive a grant between £4,000 and £25,000. Your vote will decide how much we give to each charity.

Vote for your favourite charity

The vote is open to all Freemasons, their family members and members of the public; everyone can get involved and vote for the charity of their choice.

You can only vote once, but you can share who you voted for with your family and friends to help your favourite charity get more votes.

Voting will take place from 12 June to 31 July

Voting will take place in June and July and the results will be announced in August 2017.

How to vote

Everyone can get involved and vote for the charity of their choice.

Simply click here select your region to find out which charities have been chosen in your area. If you already have a particular charity in mind, you can search for them by name.

To submit your vote you just need to provide your name and email address. This information will remain confidential and we will contact you with the outcome of the MCF Community Awards.

You can vote for any charity in any region, however, voting is strictly limited to one vote per person.

The vote will close on 31st July 2017. Once you have voted, please encourage your family and friends to vote too.

If you don’t have an email address, or you need help voting, get in touch with the MCF on 020 3146 3309.

Masonic Fund Raising Tops £33 Million

The total charitable support given by the Masonic community for the financial year ending April 2017 has amounted to a whopping £33 million. Over half of that amount went directly to non-Masonic charities.

With this level of support, this puts Freemasonry into the Top 10 of grant-making organisations in the UK. By assets, the Masonic Charitable Foundation alone is in the Top 20 and when Provincial assets are added it is likely to be much higher.

Masonic Charitable Foundation

The £33 million does not include donations made by other orders including the Holy Royal Arch or Mark Masonry and many others. Nor does it include donations directly made by Provinces or Metropolitan Grand Lodge, and the absolute total will no doubt be much greater.

MCF Community Awards

Masonic Charitable Foundation Tercentenary Community Awards

Funds donated in 2017, will be even greater still, as a guaranteed £3 million will be given away £3M MCF Tercentenary Community Awards, Provincial or Metropolitan special grants to celebrate the Tercentenary, an extra £1M in MCF Charity Grants and likely increase in MCF Masonic Support giving plus the inclusion of other Orders in the figures.

MCF Community Awards

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England, Freemasons across England and Wales have nominated 300 local charities across England and Wales to receive a grant from a fund of £3 million pounds from the Masonic Charity Foundation.

MCF Community Awards – Tercentenary Fund

On Saturday 20 May, Surrey’s Provincial Grand Master, Ian Chandler took to the airwaves of BBC Radio Surrey to announce the charities in Surrey that have been chosen. You can listen to the interview on BBC iPlayer until 14th June.

Surrey Charities

Eight well-deserving charities from Surrey were chosen;

  • The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders who give therapeutic riding and carriage driving for children and adults with disabilities.
  • Meath Epilepsy Charity, who enhance the lives of people who harve complex epilepsy by ensuring they receive the support, and encouragement build confidence, acquire new skills and maximise independence in their daily lives
  • MERU, who designs and makes life-changing disability products for children and young people with disabilities.
  • PHAB is a national charity supporting social activities and sports for children and adults of all ages and all abilities in England and Wales
  • The Fircroft Trust services are designed to support adults living in the community who face a mental health issue and/or learning disabilities.
  • The Grange Centre supports around 100 adults with disabilities to live as independently as possible and to have a fulfilled and happy life
  • White Lodge Centre is a centre of excellence supporting disabled people of all ages
  • Yorda Adventures is a not-for-profit community organisation that works with families in and around the borough of  Kingston-upon-Thames.

Every nominated charity will have a chance of being awarded a grant of up to £25,000 and the MCF needs your vote to help decide how much they get!

Vote for your favourite charity

The vote is open to all Freemasons, their family members and members of the public; everyone can get involved and vote for the charity of their choice.You can only vote once, but you can share who you voted for with your family and friends to help your favourite charity get more votes.

Voting will take place from 12 June to 31 July

Voting will take place in June and July and the results will be announced in August 2017.

You can find out more about the nominated charities once the vote opens by visiting https://mcf.org.uk/

Surrey Masons Abseiled Guildford Cathedral Raising £20,000

On Saturday 6th May 2017 a Team of 48 brave Freemasons, friends and family abseiled down from the tower of Guildford Cathedral. The team raised over £20,000 in the process. They were led by the Provincial Grand Master R.W. Bro Ian Chandler and among their number was Harriet the wife of a former Worshipful Master of Crescamus Lodge.

Surrey 2019 Festival Abseiled for RMBI

Guildford Cathedral Abseiled

Cheered on by supporters from across the Province, including many from Crescamus Lodge in Croydon; the participants climbed the tower’s 249 steps to a height of 160 feet. From there they enjoyed the wonderful panoramic views of the Surrey countryside. They then took the perilous step of stepping off the roof backward before enjoying the thrill of the journey down.

Surrey 2019 Festival

All funds will go to the Surrey 2019 Festival appeal. The Surrey 2019 Festival is supporting the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. The RMBI has cared for older Freemasons and their dependants for over 160 years. It operates seventeen care homes across England and Wales, offering residential, nursing, respite and dementia care.

The Next Challenge

Having conquered Mount Snowdon in 2015, thrown themselves out of an airplane from 13,000 feet above Salisbury Plain in 2016, the hardy gang of charity fundraisers will be looking forward to their next challenge when they take on the world’s fastest zip wire at Zipworld at over 100 mph in 2018.

You can sponsor our brave abseiler, Harriet, by visiting https://e0130.everydayhero.com/uk/harriet2

MCF Donates £100,000 to East Africa Food Crisis Appeal

Across Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, and Somalia, over 20 million people are on the brink of starvation. The Masonic Charitable Foundation has been among the first to respond, making an emergency grant of £100,000 to support their efforts in East Africa.

Masonic Charitable Foundation
Masonic Charitable Foundation

Drought, disease, conflict and displacement in the region have led to the first declaration of famine anywhere in the world in over six years and the UN has warned that the world is now facing the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945. Our £100,000 grant will help Plan International give lifesaving support to over 970,000 people in East Africa, focusing on supporting vulnerable children and their families. This donation will help them to distribute food packages, water purification, and hygiene kits. They will also give school meals to make sure children can resume their education, as well as ensuring vulnerable children are protected from violence and abuse.

Mother and child affected by food Crisis
Mother and child affected by food crisis

Plan International UK

Tanya Barron, Chief Executive of Plan International UK, said “We’re enormously grateful to the Freemasons for their very generous grant. More than 800,000 children under five are severely malnourished. This grant will help us reach affected children and their families with urgent support”.  With predictions of further poor rainfall coupled with pockets of rising conflict, the situation is likely to deteriorate. Due to the scale of this disaster, swift humanitarian assistance is essential and the Masonic Charitable Foundation is committed to supporting communities who have been affected.

Plan International UK
Plan International UK

David Innes, Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation said: “The crisis in East Africa is one of the worst we have seen in many years and funds are needed now to offer life-saving support to those affected. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is proud to be one of the first organisations to support this urgent appeal by providing a £100,000 grant to Plan International on behalf of Freemasons across England and Wales.”

Plan International UK is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee, which this week launched an East Africa Crisis appeal. The DEC is made up of 13 leading aid agencies who together are responding to the food crisis in the region.

Surrey Freemasons have donated £15,000 to Us In A Bus

Surrey Freemasons have donated £15,000 to a local charity who support residents. Us in a Bus offer support to those who find it challenging to communicate because of profound and multiple learning disabilities. This has been possible thanks to a donation from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

The grant to the Us in a Bus charity will fund two “Interaction Practitioners”. Based mainly in the Reigate and Banstead areas; up to 86 people who find it very difficult to communicate and connect with the world around them will receive help.

Us In a Bus
Surrey Freemasons Present Donation to Us in a Bus

The charity provides a weekly Interactive session, involving the skilled facilitation of activities that encourage self-expression and builds confidence.  This is done, by providing an opportunity for conversations to be had in a language unique to each person. Their services are for people aged between 20 – 90, 40% of whom have no contact with their families.

Victoria Goody, Chief Executive of Us in a Bus said; “We are very grateful to the MCF for their generous donation.’

‘Us in a Bus depends on donations and fundraising to enable us to provide our unique services to really make a difference to people who have profound and multiple learning disabilities.’

‘I was delighted to welcome Bill Caughie and his fellow Surrey Freemasons so they could see the impact that our work has on people’s lives and the huge importance of their donation.”

Bill Caughie from Surrey Freemasons said;  “We are very pleased to be able to help Us in a Bus, who are doing wonderful work with very vulnerable local people, giving them a chance to communicate in the only way possible for them.”

About Us in a Bus

Us in a Bus is an independent, not-for-profit registered charity specialising in providing high quality, effective, innovative and unique services for people who have profound learning disabilities.

Many of the people they support also have physical or sensory disabilities and find communication a huge challenge.

One of the approaches that Us in a Bus uses to help this happen is Intensive Interaction, a simple and empathetic way of encouraging people to communicate in ways that are familiar and natural to them.

Us in a Bus was set up 26 years ago and now visits over 220 people across Surrey, Hampshire, Middlesex and London, either on a one to one basis or in group sessions.  To find out more about Us in a Bus visit their website – www.usinabus.org.uk

Freemasons Extreme Cathedral Abseil for Charity

On Saturday 6 May, the wife of one of Crescamus Lodge’s Past Masters will abseil 160-feet down Guildford Cathedral. Following her parachute jump last year for the 2019 Festival, the journey down the Cathedral will be her latest challenge.

Abseil

She will form part of a team of 49 brave Freemasons, friends and family from across Croydon and Surrey who will abseil down the Cathedral led by the Provincial Grand Master R.W. Bro Ian Chandler.

Abseil Down Guildford Cathedral
Guildford Cathedral

The Cathedral

Designed by Sir Edward Maufe and built between 1936 and 1961, the Cathedral is the seat of the Diocese of Guildford. It stands in a commanding spot on Stag Hill — so named because the Kings of England used to hunt there — and its solid red brick outline is visible for miles around.

It is a Grade II* listed building and its tower is 160-feet (49 m) high. At the top of the tower stands a 15-foot gilded angel, which turns with the wind. The Golden Angel on the top of the tower was given in memory of Sgt. Reginald Adgey-Edgar of the Intelligence Corps, who died on active service in 1944 during World War II.

The Challenge

Those taking part will have to climb the Tower’s spiral staircase of 249 steps to a height of 160-feet. From there they will enjoy the wonderful panoramic views of Guildford and Surrey. Inspired by the Golden Angel, they will climb over the top of the tower and enjoy the thrill of the journey down.

RMBI

All funds will go to the Surrey 2019 Festival appeal for the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. The RMBI run 17 care homes across England and Wales. They offer residential, nursing, respite and dementia care.

To sponsor Harriet simply visit her Everyday Hero page at https://e0130.everydayhero.com/uk/harriet2.