Community groups from across the Yorkshire region have received a slice of a £27,800 charity giveaway, courtesy of the Freemasons.
Grants varying in size from £500 to £5,000 have been distributed to 14 worthy causes, including youth clubs, hospitals, theatres and specialist care centres from the Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s Provincial Grand Master’s (PGM) Fund.
Each year this fund – which has been supporting community organisations since 1987 - awards grants totalling £200,000. Nominees are selected by individual Masonic Lodges with grants presented four times a year.
Those to receive grants this quarter include:
David S Pratt, The Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “Once again we are delighted to be able to support these 14 different organisations through to the PGM’s Fund.
“Each one of these nominees are fantastic organisations doing superb work within their local communities, and thanks to our members and lodges who contribute to this fund, we are able to support them financially.”
The Province of Yorkshire West Riding is based on the old West Riding, geographically ranging from Sheffield in the south to Ripon in the North and Goole in the East to Waddington in the West.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation has donated £25,000 to Plan International UK to help support 30,000 people whose lives have been devastated by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala.
Over 1.7 million people have been affected by the crisis, with at least 12,277 people having been evacuated from their homes. At least 100 people have lost their lives and the number is expected to rise as hundreds remain missing in the ash and rubble. The extreme conditions have left thousands of people without access to safe shelter, food, drinking water or sanitation facilities.
David Innes, Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation said:
“The Fuego volcano eruption has devastated the lives of many thousands of people, with, as usual, children bearing the brunt of the suffering. I am very pleased that the Masonic Charitable Foundation was able to move so quickly and provide funds for Plan International UK’s vital work at the heart of the disaster zone.”
Find out how this grant will help to fund Plan International UK's vital services across three evacuation centres >>
PGM David Pratt was the guest of honour at Harrogate Easy Living Project’s official ribbon cutting of its new van, which purchased with the assistance of an £11k major grant from the PGM’s fund. The application was submitted by the brethren of St Hubertus Lodge.