Four Yorkshire hospices, whose fundraising activities have been badly affected by the coronavirus pandemic, have received a financial boost from Leeds Freemasons.
The members of Zetland Lodge, which meets in Castle Grove Masonic Hall, in Headingley, have given a total of £6,000 to them – the single biggest donation in its 150-year history.
The hospices, who will each receive £1,500, are:
Zetland Lodge is one of circa 200 lodges in the Freemasons’ Province of Yorkshire West Riding, whose geographical area is based on the old West Riding and ranges from Sheffield in the South to Ripon in the North.
Richard Knockton, Zetland Lodge Master, said: “During the ‘lockdown’, hospices have been unable to raise funds from their usual activities, including income generated via their charity shops. And more important, they are not aided by large amounts of Government funds.
“With this being the case, the Lodge took the decision to support our local hospices from our ‘Relief Chest’ funds.
“Albeit it is split between the four hospices above, this is probably the largest single donation that we have made from our Relief Chest, and I hope it goes some way in assisting them during this particularly difficult time.”
Richard added: “Despite being unable to hold our Lodge meetings, we have not lost sight of our three founding principles, with charitable giving being at the centre of them.
“This money has come from the pockets of our members, and I’m delighted that we are able to support the work of these four wonderful organisations, that are so valued by us all, in some small way.”
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
Two West Yorkshire hospices have received a welcome financial start to the New Year, thanks to the Freemasons.
The Sue Ryder (Manorlands) Hospice, in Haworth, and the Marie Curie Hospice, in Bradford, have both received donations of £2,440 as part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation Hospice Grants for 2017.
The cheques were presented to representatives of both organisations by W Bro Alan Griffin, chairman of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s Area 1 Provincial Charity Committee, and its deputy chairman, W Bro John Sharman.
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