Big hearted Masonic bikers have been revving support for a number of Yorkshire charities.
Members of the Widows Sons ‘Ridings Chapter’ – Freemasons with a passion for motorbikes – have donated a total of £1,250 to six good causes across the region.
The funds have been raised mostly through the sale of merchandise to members and supporters and one member participating in the ‘Distinguished Gentleman Riders’ solo ride, a worldwide event to raise money for Men’s Cancer Charities.
Those to benefit are Connaught Court care home, York; Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa, near Wetherby; POPI (Pass On Pre Loved Items), Keighley; Follifoot Disabled Riders Group, Harrogate; PACT (The Parents Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia), Sheffield, who received donations of between £100 and £500.
Ridings Chapter President Matthew Duffy said: “Widows Sons are all Freemasons with a passion for motorcycles, meeting regularly at various haunts across the region when we can, and riding out, again when we can.
“One of the three great principles of Freemasonry is charity, and as well as enjoying biking, we have also been raising money when we can for a variety of different organisations across the region.”
Candidacy of the Widows Sons is open to all Masons who own a road worthy motorbike and hold a full licence.
The Ridings Chapter meet at Squires Café Bar, in Sherburn in Elmet, on a Wednesday evening, and Strawberry Fields, York, on a Friday night, both during the summer months. Rideout’s usually take place on a weekend.
Further information about the Windows Sons Ridings Chapter is available from its website, http://www.ridingschapter.co.uk/ or by emailing the Secretary at email@example.com
Airedale Hospital in West Yorkshire received a Mobile Chemotherapy Unit funded by the M.B.F. in November 2018. Over the last 12 months, it has donated over £200,000 to Charities across West Yorkshire, including:
An Ambulance Support Vehicle for St John Ambulance Yorkshire £32,000
A Rapid Response Vehicle for Yorkshire Air Ambulance £32,093
A new Minibus for Martin House Hospice, Boston Spa £39,957
Refurbishment of a Canal Barge for Safe Anchor Trust £48,235
Special Syringe Drivers for Kirkwood Hospice, Huddersfield £23,400
A Flood Relief grant to South Yorkshire Community Foundation £20,000
Perinatal unit support, Forget-me-not Children’s Hospice, Huddersfield £16,585
Portable Electronic Gaming equipment for Forget-me-not Hospice £4.035
Similar to the Craft national Charity, the M.C.F., the Mark Benevolent Fund relies on Provincial Festivals for its funding and the Mark Province of West Yorkshire is currently in Festival. You can help to support the West Yorkshire Mark Festival just CLICK HERE
The Cleeves and Whitehead Trust is a local West Yorkshire Mark Charity, providing Support and Pastoral Care for West Yorkshire Mark Masons and their families. It also makes grants to worthy causes in the community and last year donated over £44,000 to Charities in our Province. These included:
Lost Chord (Dementia Charity, South Yorkshire) £1,000
SNAPS (Special Needs support, Leeds) £2,000
Asperger’s Children & Carers Together (Autism support, Sheffield) £1,500
Bradford Toy Library & Resource Centre (Toys for disabled children) £2,000
Safe Anchor Trust (Barge trips for disabled & disadvantaged, Mirfield) £2,000
Woodlands View Dementia Support Group (Sheffield) £7,200
Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes £2,000
Leeds Weekend Care (Weekend care for children with special needs) £1,000
Bradford Deaf Children (Supporting deaf children and their parents) £1,000
Performance Drama School (Providing children’s drama classes, Otley) £2,000
Clothing Solutions for Disabled People (Bradford) £2,000
Brighouse Central Methodist Church £13,440
Burley in Wharfedale Scout & Guide Group £1,890
Fulfil the Wish (Activities for children with disabilities, Bradford) £2,500
Round Table Children’s Wish (Fulfilling wishes for sick children) £2,000
The bike that Freemasons funded for the organisation, aptly named ‘Mason’
Mirfield Freemasons have ridden to the aid of a charity that delivers life giving supplies to hospitals across Yorkshire.
The members of Kirklees Lodge have given £4,950 to the Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes – volunteer motorcyclists who provide an out-of-hours courier service to the NHS – to buy 12 protective “Airvest” waistcoats for volunteer riders.
The Airvests are worn by the riders and attached to the motorcycle via a lanyard. In the event of a crash, and the rider parting company with the motorcycle, the Airvest is activated and is inflated within 0.1 seconds.
It locks the head to prevent whiplash and broken collar bones and locks the upper torso, creating a cushion all around, thus protecting the most vital areas of the body, the internal organs, from internal injuries.
The donation came via West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd., which each year distributes grants in excess of £200,000 each year to charities and community organisations across the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding, whose boundary is based on the old West Riding, geographically ranging from Sheffield in the South to Ripon in the North.
This grant comes on the back of Freemasons purchasing two new bikes for the charity in 2019, one via Ivanhoe Lodge in Sheffield, and the second via the West Riding Provincial Grand Chapter.
The Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikers provide an out of hours courier service to the NHS throughout midweek nights (12 hours per night) and at 24 hours per day at weekends.
They deliver blood products, baby milk, medical/surgical tools and supplies between hospitals and other agencies as required. They also deliver human bio samples between hospitals and laboratories.
The Yorkshire volunteers also link up with other County Blood Bike Groups to “relay” products nationally.
These services are carried out totally free to the NHS allowing NHS funding to be aimed at delivering their resources at more targeted areas. The funding of the Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikers is entirely by charitable donations from the general public and organisations like ours and private sector businesses.
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