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.
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.
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!
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/